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back to you, glen. >> glen: that will be nice. we're glad it's dry tomorrow. this weekend, americans are saying thank you to the men and women of the armed forces for their service. in magna, people will line the streets there for the annual veterans day parade. here to talk more about that is lynn with the united veterans council of salt lake. bill with vfw. and kelly from the parade committee. gentlemen thank you. and to the veterans, thank you. >> guest: this is why we do it, for the american people. >> glen: we appreciate that. the let's talk about the parade. it's a tradition that goes way back. tell me a little bit about it. >> guest: well, it's all about honoring our veterans and first responders this year. and we're really looking forward to having a great event. and we've got some great participants. i'm also looking for volunteers. i would love a bunch of volunteers -- i work for walmart. what we have is an event. i have 150 flags that have dog tags attached for fallen soldiers. we'd love for people to carry a flag to honor those people. >> glen: this parade is in magna now. it has a few more years in magna. talk about how it moves from community to community. and why it's done that way. >> guest: because there's veterans all over the state, all over the valley. they do a parade in ogden. they do one in provo i think. and in different counties. >> glen: so this one moves from community to community within the salt lake county area, is that correct? >> right. right. >> glen: talk about what it means to be honored and recognized as veterans. because as we know, unfortunately, there was a time when especially like coming back from the vietnam war, that it wasn't welcome home the way we see it today. >> guest: no, we sure weren't. when we got back, there was no parades, nothing. now, we're honoring all veterans. and this is a chance for all the veterans in it the valley to get together and share their stories or whatever. it's time for them to get together. and feel comfortable. and we're welcoming them all to come to the parade! >> glen: that's what i want to hit on. what does it mean for you as a veteran to feel the welcoming spirit from the community? >> guest: it's a lot different. it's lot more friendly. >> guest: it's called honor and respect. >> glen: talk about the importance of doing that for our veterans this year. >> guest: it's so very important. i've had a great opportunity to talk -- to the veterans up at the v.a. hospital. what our veterans have gone through, especially in the vietnam war and some of them are fighting from agent orange and different things like that. it's very important. for one aspect of it, i'm going to have a vietnam veteran carry a flag and six welcome home banners. we really want to give hem the welcome home they deserve. >> glen: so where and when is the parade and how can people participate? >> they can come down to -- it starts at 8400 west and 3100 south behind the -- >> guest: lds. >> guest: lds church. and we have veterans of the iwo jima, as well as the grand marshals. >> glen: and there's a parade route that people can line? >> guest: yes, the parade route runs from 3100 south to 8650 west. i encourage anybody who wants to participate and watch the parade, park on 2600 south at the magna copper park. >> glen: we know where that is. thanks, gentlemen. best



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