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Reflecting on Veterans Day

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For veterans and their families, Veterans Day means more now than ever before.

"It's a day of remembrance, remember the fallen brothers and sisters still out there, brothers and sisters primarily people making it happen now," said Joe Scala.

Scala is a post-Vietnam Special Unit Navy veteran who served in the 1970s. He's pleased by the way we embrace our veterans today compared to what it was like during the Vietnam War era.

"We're more vested in our veterans, there is more camaraderie for the veterans today, I think," he said.

Chere Pedersen agrees. She is president of Blue Star Moms of Henderson and Boulder City. Her son, Alastair, at 26 years old, has had three tours of duty so far as a combat medic; two in Iraq and one in Afghanistan. "It's a great sense of pride for us," she said.

Pedersen remembers being a military brat and appreciating Veterans Day. But now, as a mother of a veteran, she appreciates the day even more. 

"It's great to have a day where we are able to be around each other and be around so many veterans' organizations and those who have served their country," she said. 

Both Scala and Pedersen were among the thousands of veterans who participated in the Veterans Day parade on Sunday in downtown Las Vegas. Thousands of others lined the parade route honoring those who served our country.

It was President Woodrow Wilson who in 1919 first declared Nov. 11 as Armistice Day. In 1954, Congress renamed it Veterans Day as it is known today.

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