Chattanooga celebrates Armed Forces Day

The 69th Annual Armed Forces Day Parade in Downtown Chattanooga.

Chattanooga is home to the longest running Armed Forces Day Parade in the country. On Friday morning, Market Street was full of people who were honoring our nation's service members.

"Isn't this a beautiful day for a parade," Hugh Enicks said. "It's delightful."

Each year the parade features a different branch of the military. This year it's the Coast Guard. The Armed Forces Day parade is a yearly tradition for a lot people we talked to today. Charlotte Williams has been attending the parade since she was in high school. She says she remembers, "getting out of school every year coming down here and everything. And then when my kids got older I used to bring them down here and I also brought my grand kids down here."

Martin Fish and his wife just moved to Chattanooga a year ago. This is the first year they have attended the parade. He told us he loves being in a city that is so supportive of our service members.

"I'm glad to see people supporting the veterans and demonstrating their patriotism like this," Mr. Fish said. "I think it's great."

The second highest ranking officer in the Coast Guard was in Chattanooga today for the parade. Vice Admiral Charles W. Ray, Coast Guard Deputy Commandant for Operations, served as the reviewing officer.

Armed Forces Day is Saturday May 19th.

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