ALBANY, N.Y. – The 58th annual Veterans Day Parade was held in Albany on Monday where people gathered to remember our Veterans and thank them for all they have done.
Thousands lined the streets Monday morning to honor the nearly 23 million Veterans across the country and those specifically right here in the Capital Region.
Vietnam War Veteran Gene Loparco, of Albany, now donates his time and efforts to nearly five different veterans organizations around the Capital Region. On Monday, to see all the people line the streets with their children, their flags, and their pride, is one of the best days of the year for him.
The parade followed its traditional route starting at Partridge Street heading east onto Central Avenue and continuing east on Washington Avenue to the New York State Capitol.
The parade also included bands from all over the Capital Region, and Albany native Joseph DeFrancisco will be the Grand Marshall.
DeFrancisco's military career started with two tours of duty in the Vietnam War, and he retired as a decorated Lieutenant General. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of a number of organizations that support the Army and is a civilian aide to the Secretary of the Army.