Community celebrates veterans at annual Yuma parade

KYMA News 11
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YUMA, Ariz. (KYMA, KECY) - On this Veteran's Day, hundreds gathered along 4th Avenue in Yuma to come together as we honor the bravest. The men and women who fought for our freedom.

The annual parade featured numerous high school marching bands, local veteran's clubs, and many other prominent organizations in Yuma County.

“I am actually surprised so many people are up so early, it's kinda good. We’ve been locked up for so long it's nice to be out and about,” said Daniel Ramirez, whose father served as a U.S. Marine.

It even included special guests - James Kilcer, the Yuma Marine veteran who thwarted a Foothills robbery, and several local elected officials.

Sergio V. Clark served in Vietnam in 1968. He's lived in Yuma for many years but this is his first time coming to the Veteran's Day parade.

"It feels good," Clark said. "It's very nice of everybody to thank me for serving," he emphasized.

A group of friends and family came to support several military branches, including the U.S. Air Force.

"Representing for my son," said Nancy Cabrera, mother of Richard Cabrera, an airman.

"[We also have] a Navy mom and then we have a Marine mom and a Marine wife. We just wanted to celebrate this day because I'm proud of my son, family members, proud of our veterans," Cabrera said.

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