Killeen: Annual Veterans Day Parade attracts hundreds

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KILLEEN, Texas (KWTX) Hundreds of people made their way to downtown Killeen for the city's annual Veterans Day Parade.

The parade was organized by the Area Veterans Advisory Committee.

Live bands, colorful floats city officials and more made their way down Avenue D pumping residents up around the downtown area.

Parade marshals included Pat Christ and Raul Villaronga.

The two veterans were honored at Congressman John Carter's annual Congressional Veteran Commendation Ceremony.

Stacey and Charles Wilson have been attending the parade since the year 2000 when they moved to the area.

Charles served in the army for 25 years and retired as a Master Sgt.

"I come out to show my support for my fellow veterans in arms and my brothers and just to reflect on what it means to be a veteran," Charles said.

"We see a lot of things that our fellow Americans don't get to see and to see the support it says that it was worth it."

His wife Stacey says she enjoys how the parade brings everyone together every year.

"It warms my heart when I get to see all who served and get to see so many participants of different age groups," Stacey said.

"Never lose focus on our soldiers because they are out here fighting for us. They make life better for us."