Orange County

Orlando honors heroes who served after 9/11 during Veterans Day Parade

ORLANDO, Fla. — City and community leaders teamed up Saturday morning to recognize veterans and fallen first responders at the 22nd annual City of Orlando Veterans Day Parade.

The theme this year was “Remembering September 11.”

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The parade itself was led by six grand marshals who have served post 9/11.

Mayor Buddy Dyer said meeting the grand marshals was an honor and added that he was happy the city held the festivities this year despite the pandemic.

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“I’m thankful to everyone that has gotten vaccinated,” Dyer said. “We’ve had a pretty high rate at this point, and it’s made it possible for us to get back to normal. We have this parade today. We have the Electric Daisy Carnival with 80,000 people last night, and were doing things safely because people are vaccinated.”

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In all, 45 Central Florida veterans organizations participated in the parade along with active-duty military and junior ROTC.

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