Albany’s Veterans Day Parade returns after COVID absence

ALBANY – Veterans are being honored all throughout the Capital Region this Veterans Day.

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The annual parade in downtown Albany took place earlier in the day on Thursday.

People from all walks of life participated. This includes firefighters, police officers and even high school students as a part of their schools’ JROTC programs.

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This marks the return of the parade after it was cancelled last year due to COVID.

People were very eager to come back this year.

"I’m very happy that they are having it again. So many things had been cancelled, but now I think we’re starting to get back to normal again," said Joe Bruno, a Vietnam veteran.

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Many community organizations and veterans participated in the ceremony, and many people carried the American flag.

The event was geared at honoring those who served in the global war against terrorism in Afghanistan and Iraq.