51st Veterans Day Parade in Media

MEDIA, Pa. - November 11, 2010

5-year-old Henry Hooper's father is in the Marines. His mom flew in the Air Force.

Every year the little patriot and his Newtown family are on the front lines of the annual parade.

Mom Andrea says service runs through his blood.

"He's already inspired and understands what it means to have integrity and to fight for something greater than ourselves," Andrea said.

While the economy has put a damper on many local parades, Media's line of march was longer than ever this year.

Flags, big and small, lined the route, especially where Jeff Stevens and his group were gathered.

Almost everyone in his family has served our country, so he says he knows how important this kind of support is.

"I remember the vets coming home from Vietnam. They weren't treated very well; I want to make sure that doesn't happen again," Stevens said.

Today's parade salutes what is called "the Greatest Generation" of men and women to serve our country. Both Grand Marshals are WWII veterans and they say it is even more important to recognize the next generation of armed forces.

"So many people died and they continue to die. Something has to be done. We have to find some other way than war as a way of life on planet Earth," Grand Marshal Bill Fili said.

Fili was a Prisoner of War and says it's his duty to pass on his passion for freedom.

During this time of war, folks say those fighting overseas are fresh on their minds.

"There are still a lot of them over there yet. They volunteered to go over there and I'm proud of them," Navy Veteran Jess Tyson said.

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