El Pasoans salute servicemen and women at Veterans Day parade

El Pasoans salute servicemen and women at Veterans Day parade

The United American Veterans Organization put together the Downtown El Paso Veterans Day Parade on Saturday. 

People posted on sidewalks, supporting the military men and women who served our country. 

"They sacrificed for all of us," said Vietnam veteran Fernando Torres. "I got drafted in 1967. I was sent to Vietnam in '68 I came back in 1970."

Veterans Day was created to pay tribute to servicemen and women who are still standing, but behind the patches, ranks, stars and stripes are painful stories. 

"I still get choked up," said Torres, holding back tears. "I honor my school friends Enrique Martinez and Raul Alvarado. They were my age and they didn't come back."

Sisters Marie Aguirre and Connie Torres said they are trying to start a tradition, rounding up family members and decorating a pickup truck with a U.S. flag motif. 

"We are honoring our father who was a World War II veteran," said Aguirre, holding a sign with photos of her late father and uncle, Jorge Aguirre. 

The pain of losing loved ones made Fernando Torres more grateful and proud to salute the survivors of war and the bravery of those who served. 

"I have a wonderful family, I have a wonderful life, I have a wonderful career," said Torres. 

Veterans Day 

Free tall coffee for veterans and active military at Starbucks. 

- Free lunch at Texas Roadhouse from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. 

- Northeast El Paso Veterans Day Parade And Ceremony 

4545 Hondo Pass

10 a.m. 





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