Folks honor veterans in the annual Roanoke Veterans Day Parade

ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ) - Red, white and blue covered the streets of downtown Saturday for the annual Veterans Day Parade. It's a way for the city to honor those who served our country.

Gene Full was full of pride while sitting on his Veterans Day float. He came to the Roanoke Veterans Day Parade to represent Amvets Post 40.

"It's a volunteer veterans organization that our motto really is veterans helping veterans, and we're here to, you know, serve, help the veterans to transition back from active duty back in to civilian life," Full, Commander of Amvets Post 40, said.

Full served in the Navy in Korea and Vietnam in the 1950s and 60s. He knows what it means to help other veterans.

"Because we understand where they've been and what they've done, and I think veterans understand veterans better than anybody else," Full explained.

MacGregor Baxter is a Cadet at the Virginia Military Institute. He looks up to people like Full and thanks to the parade, has an opportunity to learn from veterans.

"It's very humbling, it's always a great experience to talk and meet with veterans and get to know their story and their experiences, and they pass their wisdom that they learn to us right before we commission," Baxter said.

Spectators smiled as many local organizations made their way through the streets--groups like Girl Scout troops, the Roanoke Elks Lodge, and the American Red Cross.

Both Full and Baxter agree this parade is a crucial way to honor those who served.

"They made the sacrifice to protect us while we were young and here at home, so it's just reciprocity, they sacrifice so we're here to celebrate them," Baxter said.

Full added, "It's important that we recognize the sacrifices that they've made and the things they've done to help us be where we are as a country."