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Wahiawa celebrates Veteran's Day with parade

WAHIAWA, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

By: Jocelyn Langford

Wahiawa said, "Mahalo veterans!" this morning with the Wahiawa Lions 66th Annual Veteran's Day Parade.

The Royal Hawaiian Band lead the parade along with Mayor Peter Carlisle. The sidewalks on California Avenue were filled with family and friends of active duty military and veterans eager to show support and pride for their country.

Donald Kamei is a veteran who retired in 1995. He was excited to watch his son march in the parade with the JROTC. His message to those serving in the military is, "Really be proud and hang in there! We're gonna get through this."

Ingrid Cureton's son was also in the parade with his boy scout troop. Her husband is currently deployed in Afghanistan. "It's a special day," Cureton said, "it's nice to see so many people out and showing their appreciation."

Active duty military marched to the applause of onlookers, local elementary schools waved American flags, local high school bands played, Girl Scout and Boy Scout troops passed out candy and sang, "Together we say, Happy Veteran's Day."

Participants in the parade were excited to make up for last year when the parade was canceled due to the APEC conference. The parade went from Ka'ala Elementary School to the Wahiawa District Park. It ended with a program in the park where Major General Kurt Fuller, Commanding General, 25th Infantry Division, was the featured speaker.

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