Thousands Say Thank You to Veterans at Brewer/Bangor Parade 

Thursday marks the anniversary of the signing of the armistice that ended World War I.It’s a day to pause and thank the men and women who have served, and those that continue to serve, in our nation’s military.In Brewer and Bangor Thursday morning, thousands of folks turned out to do just that.The marched from Brewer to Bangor. Some with American flags, others with veteran wlaking sticks and all with pride.Sally Carrell’s dad is a World War II veteran, she traveled from Pasadumkeag to Bangor to watch her dad march. ” First of all, it means sacrifice and secondly, it means freedom to be able to do what I’m doing right now,” said Sally Carrell.Thousands of people lined the streets in Brewer and Bangor, saying thank you to the men and women who have served the country.”Freedom is everything here in America . Thank God we’re still in a situation where we can enjoy our freedom every day,” said Gary Moore, a Searsport resident.Mitchell Brett, an Old Town resident agrees, “Thank you to all the soldiers that fought in the war for us, and thank you to all the people that protected us and everything.”In typical veteran fashion, some didn’t want to be the only ones getting all the attention, so they stopped to give the kids a high-5. As for Sally Carrell, she’s proud of her dad and the sacrifices he and his fellow veterans have made. She says celebrating her dad and others is the least she can do, “As far as I’m concerned, there wouldn’t be the life we have without the veterans. We wouldn’t have our companies, we wouldn’t have our jobs. The preachers wouldn’t be able to preach and on you go. I don’t know if we’d even be here if it weren’t for the veterans.”