Thousands honor veterans at 16th Annual Phoenix VA Veterans Day Parade

PHOENIX - Thousands lined the streets Monday for the 16th Annual Phoenix VA Veterans Day Parade.

This year's theme was "Healing Wounds, Honoring their Sacrifice".

With more than 100 entries, it was one of the largest Veterans Day parades in country and was expected to draw in 40,000 people.

After a military flyover at 11 a.m., the Heroes Flag carried behind Navajo Code Talker Joe Kellwood started the celebration.

Children were drawn to the marching bands and several massive helium balloons, including Rosie the Riveter, Uncle Sam and the PVAHCS Eagle balloon.

ABC15 spoke with a 14-year-old Valley girl who was inspired by the parade.

Abby Marsh said she doesn't have any veterans in her family, but told us she plans to join the military and is already involved with a local program.

ABC15 also talked with a Korean War Veteran who said he was filled with gratitude for the community support and the brave young men women who are still fighting for our country.

He said he hopes the war ends soon and our soldiers come home.

According to the VA Hospital, Arizona has 600,000 veterans who have served our country.

The Veterans Day committee works throughout the year to put on the parade.

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