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38th annual Veterans Day Parade held in NE Portland

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Veterans were honored for their service at the 38th annual Ross Hollywood Chapel Veterans Day Parade in northeast Portland.

The parade began at Northeast 40th and Tillamook and ended at Northeast 48th and Sandy Boulevard.

Students, families and neighbors joined veterans in the parade and as spectators.

"We really appreciate the attention and we appreciate the people recognizing what veterans have done for their country," veteran Eugene Hayden told FOX 12.

Mayor Sam Adams was in the parade.  He said it is one of the most significant events he attends each year.

The Grand Marshals were the family of Marine Corporal Keaton Coffey, who was killed in Afghanistan on May 24.  Coffey attended Damascus Christian School and graduated in 2007.

"Freedom isn't free. It takes blood to keep it, if we ever forget that, we forget much of what our past means to us.  So we need to remember," Fred Watson, a Vietnam veteran, told FOX 12.

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