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November 11, 2012
It is a day to honor the men and women who have sacrificed and served so that we can be free.
An annual tradition continues as veterans are honored with a parade in downtown Nashville.
America's veterans have provided freedom to generations. It's only fitting to spend one day saying thank you.
"Thank them for their time and their service, and putting their lives on the line for me and for this country," says Nashville resident Elizabeth Ladd.
Nashville's Veterans Day parade marches down Broadway. Soldiers, sailors, marines and airmen among the honored guests.
Families line the route. Many of them have small children in tow.
"And it's just important for our children to show support so they understand the importance of what the veterans have done," says parent Stephen Sadler.
This parade is special for retired nurse Dorothy Elam.
"It's an honor to be here," says Elam.
Elam used to march in the parade when she worked at Nashville's VA hospital.
She says she marched for all the men who were too sick to be there.
"Without the fellas that were in the service, we wouldn't have the freedom we have today," says Elam.
Veterans say it makes them feel appreciated to be recognized for their service.
Glenn Seigenthaler spent a career in the Navy.
"I was never in harm's way, but I always felt that I was doing a job. And I did it for my country, not for myself, cause I sure didn't make a lot of money, you know," says Seigenthaler.
For a couple of hours Sunday afternoon, Nashville paused to show its admiration.
The veterans who fought for all Americans can stand proud all on their own.
"Just thank these guys for supporting us and for protecting our freedom," says Sadler.
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