"Young at Heart" parade celebrates Loves Park veterans

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LOVES PARK, Ill. (WIFR) ----- Not even an early morning downpour could stop Loves Park from having its annual Young at Heart parade.

Photo: US Army

Kicking off a potentially soggy Memorial Day weekend with a smile, dozens of eager parade goers walked along 2nd Street, covered in their best patriotic regalia, big smiles and tributes to servicemen and women who made the ultimate sacrifice.

Our own Andy Gannon helped cheer on the attendees and for one Army veteran, he says no matter what, he wouldn't miss it for the world.

"Man, I tell you what, they never cease to amaze us. Every year, it's always something great, no matter what. Just being here, being here for the support, for the people and the amount of people that showed dedication even through the rain, to smile and tell us 'Happy Memorial Day.' That's what it's all about really," said parade attendee Mitchell Thompson.