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Nogales Veteran's Day parade draws in a couple thousand people

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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

A couple thousand people headed to the streets of downtown Nogales on Sunday for the annual Veteran's Day parade.

A band from Desert Shadow Middle School played, "God Bless America," as veteran's marched. More than 2,000 people lined the streets of Nogales to honor our veterans.

"I think it's an excellent way of showing how much we appreciate the service they provided for us," said Alfonso Lopez, a Rio Rico resident.

This year, The American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars teamed up. They organized the parade that has been happening since 1986. Sixty veteran's participated.

"The proudest day of the year is Veteran's Day," said Cesar Parada, who served during the Korean conflict.

"I think we were the second per capita, the first or second in the nation that had so many people in the service," said Parada.

The ceremony continued at Nogales City Hall where they have a wall of honor with nearly 25,000 names. Primarily war veterans who have died but there are still some names of those who are alive today.

A student sung the national anthem and prayed for those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

Rio Rico High School ROTC students even had a special ceremony. They put out a single place setting which symbolizes a "Prisoner of War" by him or herself with the hopes of getting released.

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