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Raleigh Veterans Day parade reminder of service by vets, gratitude from others

Posted November 9, 2019 8:32 p.m. EST
Updated November 9, 2019 8:34 p.m. EST

— Across our area, people are showing their appreciation for our veterans this weekend. One of those places is Raleigh, which held its annual Veterans Day parade.

The moments like the ones Saturday bring us together at a time when we can really use it. We make music and march with flags in hand, we salute our heroes together.

Raleigh Veterans Day parade

"With everything going on in our country and the world, the unity right now, it is beautiful," said Tara Turner, who attended Saturday's parade. "It's beautiful ... it's great."

We spend a lot time thinking about what makes us different. But veterans tell us that doesn’t matter much in battle.

Robert Cook was drafted to Vietnam at the age of 18.

"A lot of people could not be here today," Cook said.

As he looked around, the same emotions well up in him. That feeling you get when you see Americans come together to honor our military and their service.

"Just look at the different people here today," said Cook. "Everybody is here and everybody is a part of one. And it just makes me proud to be a part of it."

Raleigh Veterans Day parade

Turner thanks Cook and others for their sacrifices. Many of the people she loves are in uniform, she said.

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