Columbia, SC (WLTX) - The City of Columbia hosted their 38th annual Veterans Day parade Friday morning.

With the Fort Jackson band leading the way, thousands took to Sumter Street.

"This is supposed to be the biggest Veterans Day parade Columbia has ever had,” says Willie Belton, a Vietnam War Veteran

Those who served were proud to show their support.

"I served from 1977 to August of 1985,” says Eugene Kelly Jr., Vietnam War Veteran.

“I served from '69 to ’71,” says John Matthews, Vietnam War Veteran. “We're here to support the Veterans that are in there now that they are doing their job. We did what we had to do and it's time for them to do theirs.”

“I feel honored to represent those who served and didn't make it back,” says Kelly.

Vietnam veteran Sam Brick passed out flags to other vets that served in the Vietnam War. He wants them to know that they aren't alone.

"The United States has come together and they really started to appreciate us recently,” says Brick.

Lisa hart with the army reserve took today as an opportunity to educate her students.

"It is so joyful to bring all of these children from St. Peters Catholic School,” says Hart. “They are young children, they don't understand, but seeing a parade as long as this one is wonderful for them."

While many people honor veterans every day, the nation has set aside November 11th as a day to say “thank you.”