Celebrate Veterans Day with a parade Saturday morning

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The tri-city area will celebrate Veterans Day on Saturday with the annual Veterans Day Parade. The parade will begin on Broad Street in Phenix City at Dillingham Street. It will travel down Broad Street to 13th Street and cross the 13th Street Bridge in Columbus then head down Broadway.

The parade will begin at 11 a.m. ET.

Here are a few facts about Veterans Day from defense.gov: Memorial Day is a time to remember those who gave their lives for our country, particularly in battle or from wounds they suffered in battle. Veterans Day honors all of those who have served the country in war or peace — dead or alive — although it’s largely intended to thank living veterans for their sacrifices.

World War I was a multinational effort, so it makes sense that our allies also wanted to celebrate their veterans on Nov. 11. The name of the day and the types of commemorations differ, however.

Canada and Australia both call Nov. 11 “Remembrance Day.” Canada’s observance is pretty similar to our own, except many of its citizens wear red, poppy flowers to honor their war dead. In Australia, the day is more akin to our Memorial Day.

Great Britain calls it “Remembrance Day,” too, but observes it on the Sunday closest to Nov. 11 with parades, services and two minutes of silence in London to honor those who lost their lives in war.