SCRANTON, LACKAWANNA COUNTY – (WBRE/WYOU) Every day, many of us give our appreciation for those who gave their efforts to our military forces.
Today, that gratitude was shown in a special way in downtown Scranton.
“I’m out here to honor the veterans and enjoy the nice weather and see the parade,” said Jim Hawley of Dunmore.
Flags waved, marching bands played, and there were special salutes.
This is how Scranton honors those who are currently serving our country during Saturday’s armed forces day.
“These people put their lives on the line for us every day, and I don’t think they get the appreciation they should get,” said Airborne veteran, Angelo Gianoni.
Staging at the Gino Merli Veterans’ Center, hundreds of parade goers lined the streets to show their appreciation of the dedication to our military forces.
“It really gives back to the guys who gave everything for us to be here,” said Hawley.
For veterans, this day allows them to remember friends and another time.
“All the time you were in jump school you never walk for three weeks you run all the time,” said Gianoni.
Gianoni served in the 506th Airborne division.
He tells Eyewitness News it’s important to have a day like this.
“It’s to remind people what the military does. They tend to forget after a while,” said Gianoni.
Local veteran organizations also came out to show their support.
“This is Merli! Meet Merli! He’s about 14 weeks old and he was named after Gino Merli, who is the World War II hero,” said William Torbeck while holding a small dog.
Torbeck is a part of “Fight 4 Vets,” a Scranton based non-profit created to raise funds for local veterans.
“I was influenced by many wonderful people in my life, and most of them were military, and I don’t think there’s anything more noble than anyone serving the country,” Torbeck said.
Whether those here Saturday were marching or watching, it’s a day where everyone feels proud to be a part of this country.
“We’re from the Marine Corps league, and we’re usually in the parade, but our honor guard has gone down to Quantico to see the museum,” said USMC veteran James McLain.
“People like me who come back to celebrate our veterans,” Marine Corps veteran Tom Carroll .
The parade also kicked off with a 5k race this morning.
All money raised benefits a non-profit called “Keystone Warriors,” which helps “Post 9/11” veterans in Pennsylvania.
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