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Veterans Day ceremony pays tribute to retired military

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Military veterans were honored Thursday at the Soldier's Field behind the National Infantry Museum on post.

Today's Veterans Day ceremony went along with the Second Battalion, 47th Infantry regiment's basic training graduation.     

Colonel Leopoldo Quintas gave remarks to commemorate those who have served in our nation's military followed by a wreath laying, a three-volley salute, and the playing of "Taps."

We spoke to a Vietnam veteran who is very appreciative of ceremonies like this one.

"When we came back from Vietnam, we had trash cans thrown at us coming from the Los Angeles Airport," said Vietnam veteran Harris Pruitt. "So we never had a ‘welcome home' and coming to events like this really heals a lot of wounds and just… appreciate the guys so much."

The Veterans Day Parade is this Saturday Nov. 9 at 10 a.m. It starts at the corner of Dillingham Street and Broad Street in Phenix City, coming to Columbus over the 13th Street Bridge, and ending at 9th Street.

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