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Crowds brave rain to salute North Alabama veterans

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HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -

Rain didn't dampen the spirit at Huntsville's Veterans Day Parade Monday.

Many participates were proud to take part in this parade - members of the military, civic groups, and bands all turned out. Supporters came prepared with blankets, rain coats, and umbrellas because, as they said, this was the least they could do.

One spectator, 8-year-old, Ben Price held on to his flag and his father's National Guard hat he wears proudly.

"He supports us, and goes into wars sometimes, and pretty much he's good and I love him," said Ben.

Others went to the parade to draw on memories of those who dedicated their lives to service.

"My father, he was in World War II. He was in the Navy, and my father-in-law was in the Air Force during the Korean War," said one supporter.

Further down the parade route, Vietnam Veteran Tom Armstrong saluted future generations of service men and women because in the past, he said support wavered.

"When I came back, it was a different time," he said. "Of course, war is never popular, and there didn't seem to be any respect for the soldiers and the sacrifice that they gave."

But he said, the Huntsville community does respect their veterans, and it shows.

"I think it's fantastic, I really do," said Armstrong, who was in the Signal Battalion in Vietnam.

He said the Huntsville community and its strong support for veterans is what keeps a lot of them going.

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