Communities Come Together to Honor Veterans

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FAIRFIELD -- A sometimes boisterous crowd greeted participants of Fairfield's Veterans Day Parade. It is not a surprising response from a city whose largest employer is Travis Air Force Base. The city is also home to many military retirees as well.

Many of the parade watchers were veterans from military families like David Avila who just got out of a two year stint in the army. He remembers watching Veterans Day parades as a child.

“You start to appreciate the sacrifice a little bit more especially when you’re in and you see it first hand, and so it’s a lot more meaningful now," Avila said.

He was with his grandfather Alex Avila, a Vietnam era veteran.

“When I got home from the service there was nothing and now that they’re bringing it up more I’m prouder about it," Alex Avila said. "A lot more service men are being noticed and I like that."

Valentino Soriano never served in the military but was cheering on veterans who were in the parade dressed with a bright American flag shirt and headband. His father served in World War II and died three years ago.

“They sacrificed for their country so we honor for them," Soriano said.

Marine Corps veteran Derrick Organo was watching with his loved ones. He was a machine gunner who served three tours in Afghanistan. He wasn't at the parade to receive recognition but to give it.

“With what these past veterans have done, it’s very humbling," Organo said. "I get the chills every time this happens."