WACO, TX — Thousands flocked to downtown Waco in an effort to honor the sacrifices of our veterans.
At least 180 units were filled with participants who waved, threw candy, marched, played instruments and paid tribute to our nation’s heroes.
Henry Bonner said his sacrifice is still an easy choice.
“I volunteered to go, put my life on the line. If I had to do it again, I would," said Bonner.
Bonner said his first experience with this parade was decades ago when he marched with A.J. Moore High School.
“We marched in this parade back in the 50’s, but it means so much to have all these people come out and appreciate your service,” he reflected.
Alongside Bonner was Clyde Jones with an important Veterans Day reminder.
“Men put their lives on the line, and they pay an awesome price so we can be free,” said Jones.
"It’s about honoring everyone you served with and other people,” chimed in veteran and author Chad Cole.
Hugs were shared among veterans and civilians. Many civilians came out to pay respects.
“All of these people have just sacrificed so much for us, I want to be there to show my love and support,” said Lisa Roberts.
Warm hearts filled Austin Avenue on a very cold day in Waco. Veterans smiled, children cheered and veterans displayed their pride.