JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The torch is lit as a reminder never to forget, and Veterans Day is just about that. It's a day to honor military members currently serving and to remember those who have passed. "This is probably the most special day of the year," says veteran Brian Kennedy.
Kennedy and fellow veteran Joe Tulli stand side-by-side. They never met each other until today, but share a bond of brotherhood. "I got two purple hearts in Vietnam. Combat medics are on the front lines I was 18 and I almost got killed in Vietnam I was just lucky," says Tulli.
Veterans from all over Jacksonville made a stop at the Veterans Memorial Wall to pay their respects to those who didn't make it back alive. "How lucky I am to be here and all those people who didn't come back their names are on the wall there," says Tulli.
Mayor Alvin Brown and Governor Rick Scott took time to watch Jacksonville's annual Veterans Day Parade. Mayor Alvin Brown says, "Today's a big day. Honoring our veterans those who've served our country and those who made the ultimate sacrifice." "Thank goodness for veterans they defend our freedom. They give us the opportunity to do parades have safety and security so I'm very appreciative," says Governor Rick Scott.
From World War 1, to the current war in Afghanistan, November 11th is a day to stop and thank all veterans for their service. "It's a great day to remember what people have done before us to make this country what it is," says Kennedy.
Todays Veterans Day parade concludes the city's weeklong tribute to the military in their 'Week of Valor'.