JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The city of Jacksonville is honoring its veterans as the Week of Valor continues on this Veterans Day with the city's annual parade downtown.
"Thanks for serving, and giving us all we needed when we needed it," says Master Sergeant Jim Lillis, a U.S. Marine Corps vet who served in Korea.
The parade began at Everbank Field and ran down Bay St. to Newnan St., where it hung a left and then continued on Independent Dr., which turns into Water St. It ended at the Prime Osborn Convention Center and featured members of the Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, and Coast Guard.
The Proffit family says the come out every year to show their support for their fellow military families. Timothy Proffit says he wants to instill the same values in his children that the Navy instilled in him.
"It's real important for them to have honor and dignity for the people that are out there giving their lives."
Timothy's young son Jacob tells WOKV he's proud of his parents service in the Navy and wants to be a SEAL when he grows older. He let on that he thinks he may have a leg up on dad.
"My muscles are bigger than my Dad's!"
Navy veteran Kim Washington tells me there's no better place to be if you're a veteran than Jacksonville because you know you have not only the support of the people, but of the city as well.
"The standard of living here is great and, once again, the military is very well-supported."
For others, like Army Specialist (Ret.) Jimmy Lewis, it's a chance to catch up.
"I actually run across quite a few guys I was in the service with," says Lewis, who served two tours in Vietnam.
The one thing that seemed to resonate amongs the veterans with whom we spoke was the need to come out and support the next generation of veterans in addition to those who have already served. Master Sergeant Jim Lillis left us with a poignant message for all veterans.
"Thanks for serving, and giving us all we needed when we needed it."
The parade featured members of each military branch, local dignitaries, and several veterans support organizations throughout the city.