ALBANY, N.Y. - Hundreds gathered for the 57th annual Veterans Day parade in Albany Monday to pay their respects to the men and woman of our military.
Residents gathered in downtown Albany on Veterans Day to view the parade with marching bands and cheering, yet most importantly to honor the men and woman who fought and are still fighting for our freedom.
"To me it's about showing what your country has done for you and how proud you are to show it back and to support your military. It's about values and what you learn and it's about heart," says Jessica Rowinski, a local Military wife.
Also on Monday morning, a wreath was placed at the Our Lady of Peace Memorial showing a small symbol of remembrance and gratitude to our veterans. The Gold Star Mothers doing the honor this year as they do every year.
The brief but touching ceremony held in front of a number of Veterans of World War II, Vietnam, Korea, Iraq, and Afghanistan.
For Iraqi War Veteran and Albany VFW Commander Tom Griswald, the ceremony is particularly emotional when he sees the Gold Star Mothers.
"To be eligible to be a Gold Star Mother, unfortunately, one of your children has to die in combat and being a Veteran myself and all the other Veterans that are here, it's the least we can do to come out and honor them because our brothers and sisters in arms died," Griswald said.
The Gold Star Mothers then followed with their annual lunch, this year at the North Albany American Legion.