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Updated: 04/22/2014 06:20:28PM

Veterans Parade unites all

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SUN PHOTO BY GARY ROBERTS

A number of military vehicles and marching groups proudly took part in the Veterans Appreciation Celebration Parade Saturday in Punta Gorda.

SUN PHOTO BY GARY ROBERTS

A number of veterans proudly took part in the Veterans Appreciation Celebration Parade Saturday in Punta Gorda.

SUN PHOTO BY GARY ROBERTS

Debbie Beck of Punta Gorda and granddaughter Ally, 3, pay tribute during Saturday's annual Veterans Appreciation Celebration Parade, sponsored by Punta Gorda Elks Lodge 2606.

SUN PHOTO BY GARY ROBERTS

A number of floats and marching groups proudly took part in Saturday's parade.

SUN PHOTO BY GARY ROBERTS

Joining the large crowd that turned out for the parade are Lilian Ross, from right, and Betty and Jack Hoffman, the latter a World War II veteran.

By GARY ROBERTS

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PUNTA GORDA — Before Saturday’s Veterans Appreciation Celebration Parade, Lilian Ross, a veteran’s widow, immediately went up to shake the hand of Jack Hoffman, who wore a hat with a World War II insignia.

“I thanked him,” she said.

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