All people who attended had the common goal of honoring veterans.
Two friends attended the Veterans Day celebrations together. Monty Nason and Janet Woodworth both said they caught their breath when the American flag was raised.
“We wanted to come because it’s Veterans Day and [veterans] deserved to be honored,” Woodworth said.
“All the people who have fought for us deserve that,” Nason said. “We want to honor them.”
When the parade ended in front of the city building, Mayor Ted Franklin spoke to those attending.
"The constant theme today is to remember every day is Veterans Day," Franklin said.
Franklin asked people to keep our veterans in their thoughts and prayers.
"God bless our veterans, God bless their families and God bless America," Franklin said.
Superior Court Judge Rick Maughmer spoke in front of the city building. He spoke of veterans who are willing to put their lives on hold to serve their country and willing to sacrifice the gift of life.
"A common bond veterans have is the willingness to die for their country," Maughmer said. "... without freedom, life loses much of its meaning."
After the celebration at the city building, the Lewis Cass Marching Kings performed in downtown. The band has been performing on Veterans Day for 45 years, said band director Don Krug.
One of the songs played by the band this year was called "Going Home," which was made popular during World War I, Krug said.
"It can be related to today," Krug said. "We all need to be reminded how important it is to honor veterans."
Amie Sites is a staff reporter at the Pharos-Tribune. She can be reached at 574-732-5117 or email@example.com. Follow her: @PharosAES.