KLAMATH FALL, Ore. -- A few hundred people lined Main Street n Klamath Falls for Monday’s Veterans Day Parade and many stuck around for a short ceremony to celebrate and thank all the veterans in Klamath Falls and across the country.
It's been 64 years since President Eisenhower officially made November 11th Veterans Day and 73 years since WWII ended, that's when Helen Johnson’s father-in-law served. She was one of the many people who came to the parade and ceremony this morning.
"I support everybody. I also have a brick here for my father-in-law. I always leave something here for him just to let them know that I was here and I love him and I missing him," Johnson said.
Monday, she placed a small American flag on the brick with his name on it.
According to Klamath County Commissioner Derrick DeGroot, 12 percent of the county's population is veterans. That's compared to other counties across the nation at one to two percent. Retired Colonel Karen Johnson is honored to be one of them.
“I'm so proud that I was able to do the duty, to make the sacrifices. Without my family and friends supporting me it would've been much more difficult but I loved every minute of it," she said.
Many of the veterans at Monday’s celebrations feel the same way
"As a daughter-in-law I respect all the service people and without them we wouldn't have our freedom," Johnson said.