Parade Goers Pay Respect to Veterans

By WEEK Reporter

November 11, 2010 Updated Nov 11, 2010 at 7:38 PM CDT

Peoria, IL -- The Veterans' Day Parade in Peoria kicked off at 10 a.m. near the Peoria Fire Department's Central House.

A number of high school bands performed, and there were plenty of floats, most with a military theme.

There were several Grand Marshalls in the parade, each representing the different wars the U.S. was involved with.

Scores of people lined the route of the parade as it traveled down Monroe Street to Main Street to Adams Street.

"I hope they come away and I hope I do to realizing how many sacrifices were made for our country so that we have the freedom to come down here on this beautiful day to watch a parade like this and I hope that myself and everyone else can come away with this thought," said parade goer Judy McDowell.

The Veterans' Day parade ended with a ceremony at the World War I and II monument in courthouse plaza.

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