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Memorial Day Parade honors vets in Yakima

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YAKIMA, Wash. -- The streets of down town Yakima were filled Saturday morning with people honoring the  men and women serving our country.

The marine corp league sponsored the annual Yakima Memorial Day Parade.
 It started at 10:00AM and stretched between Yakima Avenue and Walnut Street.  Many veterans marched in honor of those who gave their lives for our freedom.

"I'm here to honor my country and to pay homage to the united states.  I have now served a little under 27 years in military service," says John Smith, a veteran who has served in the Army, Navy and Marine Corps over the years.

Doug Bettarel owns a car transporting company called "Better-Haul Auto."  He is also a US Vet and every year he turns his flat bed truck into a float helping those veterans who can't march in the parade ride with pride.

"I like to take these guys and get them the recognition they deserve.  I do it a couple times of year. it's nice to have people waving at them and giving them the honor they deserve," says Bettarel.

He says he's been driving anywhere from eight to 20 vets in parades for the last six years.