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Veteran's Day Parade celebrates eighth year in Ogden

OGDEN, Utah (ABC 4 News) – Veterans were put on a pedestal Saturday in Ogden for the annual Veteran's Day Parade. It's a gathering that's close to the hearts of many because for decades it didn't exist.
OGDEN, Utah (ABC 4 News) – Veterans were put on a pedestal Saturday in Ogden for the annual Veteran's Day Parade. It's a gathering that's close to the hearts of many because for decades it didn't exist.

Eight years ago, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1481 changed that by starting the annual tradition.

“ne of the biggest Veteran’s Day parades in the state of Utah,” said Richard Armstrong, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1481. “If it wasn't for them we wouldn't be able to do something like this and have freedom of speech, freedom of religion and freedoms of everything like some other countries don’t have.”

The parade started promptly at 11:11 am. “11th month, 11th day, so we started at 11:11,” said Armstrong.

All ages lined the streets clutching their Old Glories. The governor made an appearance too.

Many came with their loved ones in mind. “I’m thinking so much of my dear, sweet husband,” said Connie Waite. “He did sacrifice greatly during the war.”

“I have four sons that are active duty,” said Lani Cook. “If I can say thank you to them in anyway I will.”

Veteran's Day was called Armistice Day following the signing on November 11, 1918 of the official end of combat in World War One. It was renamed Veteran’s Day after subsequent wars to honor all veterans.


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