The 70th annual Veterans Day Parade rolls through the streets of Birmingham

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The oldest Veterans Day Parade in the nation rolled through the streets of Birmingham on a picture perfect day. Thousands showed up and lined the streets for the 70th edition of the parade that began in 1947. 

The Magic City is the home of the first Veterans Day Parade, after Birmingham native Raymond Weeks urged then-Army Chief of Staff General Dwight Eisenhower in 1947 to create a national holiday honoring all veterans, and change Armistice Day to Veterans Day.

With temperatures in the mid-60’s, a light breeze and clear skies, it made for a perfect day for a parade. 

The parade snakes along 18th Street and 9th Avenue North, and ended at 19th Street and 10th Avenue North.

The parade featured military and high school bands, a collection of vintage and model military vehicles and several floats. 

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