Austin honors veterans with parade



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Posted on November 11, 2009 at 8:55 AM

Updated Wednesday, Nov 11 at 12:49 PM

People gathered in downtown Austin Wednesday to pay tribute in the annual Veterans Day parade.

The parade moved along Congress Avenue for an hour Wednesday morning.

Group after group of veterans and active duty military men and women marched by, while hundreds gathered to watch from the sidewalks.

They waved flags and banners, held pictures of their veterans and cheered as the parade marched by them.
Some even dressed the part, wearing their own camouflaged fatigues.

The parade is in honor of all of the nation's veterans, and while some marched up the street, others came just to watch and cheer one another on from the sidewalks. For some - it meant fighting back tears.

“It brings back you know memories of what I went through in Vietnam, and I cried…excuse me…yeah, I cried. It’s just real emotional when that happens,” said Herman Cruz, Army veteran.

This Veterans Day comes in the midst of the mourning at Fort Hood, after a gunman killed 13 and injured dozens more.
Many parade attendees told KVUE News the shooting seems to have brought out a larger awareness this year for military men and women.

The celebrations moved to the Capitol steps after the parade.   A special tribute was held for families of veterans and for active duty military.

There were road closures for the parade, but they have since reopened.  

Most state and federal offices are closed for the holiday.