ROSEBURG, Ore. -- Even though it was sprinkling off and on, the chilly weather didn't dampen the spirits of the hundreds of people who came out to watch the annual Roseburg Veterans Day Parade.
People from every branch of the military marched through downtown Roseburg, and were greeted with cheers and applause from the audience.
Those KPIC News spoke with, said the event means more to them than the average parade. Diane Smith was one of them, and she said that despite the weather, it was all worth it. "It's a wonderful day. We're out celebrating our heroes," she said. "If it wasn't for them, we wouldn't be standing here."
For 11-year-old Megan Johnson, who's grandfather fought in World War II, the parade offers her a chance to show her appreciation for the sacrifices of others. "Thank you so much for your dedication to the country and everything you've done for us," she said.
Others say the parade also serves as a reminder to keep those who are currently serving in mind. Local resident Mary Rollans sent a message to those who are currently serving: "Those who are out there, I'll be glad when you get home. And thank you so much."
Rollans adds that, above all, the parade is way to show American pride. "You can't beat good ol' America. God Bless America."
The parade falls on a bittersweet day, as the Department of Defense announced this morning that a Douglas County soldier was killed in Afghanistan on Friday.