ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ) - "Thank you for your service." That was the message behind the Veteran's Day Parade in downtown Roanoke.
Crowds and marching bands filled the streets. Hubert Royall served in the U.S. Army for 22 years and has been teaching JROTC for the last 26.
"We're here today to show the younger generation a little bit about what it's about and remember we honor veterans, it's not about us, it's about the veterans," Royall, US Army Veteran and Teacher of JROTC at Tunstall High School, said.
His JROTC group marched along with several other high school bands---including one from Cave Spring.
"As an adult and as an educator is to allow the students to understand it's not always about them, it's about other people that take the time and take part of their lives away to help foster our freedom. If we can at least acknowledge them by performing in a parade and again representing our community properly, that's what it's about," Brian Quakenbush, Band Director at Cave Spring High School, said.
Members of the local Elks Lodge also showed up in style--riding with their mascot.
They believe it's important to come out for a parade like this, "Becuase we're respecting people that died to make our freedom," Mike Via, Elks Lodge Member and Marine Corps Veteran, said.
Royal Lilly, Elks Lodge Member, added, "Kinda honor all of our veterans and all of our first responders and police officers, each one has given their fare share to community and our country."
And after the parade, at Lee Plaza, veterans and a local chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution sang the Star Spangled Banner and commemorated the 100th anniversary of WWI by laying a wreath at Roanoke's WWII Memorial.