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Endicott Veteran's Day Parade Draws Crowd to Pay Tribute

Celebrations and Tributes took place across the Southern Tier Monday to honor those who have served.
 
In Endicott, despite the chilly weather, the residents lined  Washington Avenue to cheer on local veterans at the annual parade that has been taking place since before World War II.

One of the veterans marching Monday, 89-year-old Vernon Carmon who served in the Navy's armed guard during World War II.  He says he decided to enlist with a few of his neighbors after the attack on Pearl Harbor.  He says it's important to remember the sacrifices military members make.

"A lot of people don't realize these people have sacrificed parts of their body or someone lost their life and they suffer the rest of their life," said World War II Veteran Vernon Carmon.  "They don't realize it's 24 hours a day seven days a week, no holidays or whatever."

"They are special because they helped our country.  They fought for our country," said Aileen McManus, parade-goer.

The veterans were joined by Union and Endicott officials, the U-E marching band and color guard as they made their way down Washington Avenue.

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