Friday's parade comes at a time when this country is still at war and divided about its support for going to war.
A Fox News Opinion Dynamics poll asked: 'Five years from now, do you think the war in Iraq will have been worth it or not?'
48-percent said it would not be worth it and 39-percent said it will.
The parade began simply with the annual tossing of a wreath into the Truckee River in memory of those who have lost their lives to war.
Thousands continue to fight overseas in Iraq and Afghanistan, and more than 2050 members of the military have died in the war, facts that are not forgotten at this event.
Just two weeks ago Sue Kucera's son-in-law returned home from Iraq, but not everyone returned, as Russ Rodeghier pointed out.
"We're thankful that the boy is back with us and we're sorry for any of the boys that didn't make it back safely. We appreciate their efforts...."
18-year-old Kyla Kosher mentioned she thinks a little differently when she sees someone dressed in uniform, knowing there are more who cannot be here.
"It's kind of weird to think about that we're all here. We actually do have men fighting for our country so that we can be here today like we are."
Among the parade representatives, It has been called the best Junior ROTC program west of the Mississippi and more than 2200 students are members.
The Washoe County High School Junior ROTC "Silver State Brigade" led the parade through the streets of downtown.
That was exactly why Derrick Capps, of Fernley, brought his family out to watch his little sister in the parade.
"Our veterans, our country was built on the things that they've done. And, it's just an amazing thing and I think it's great that we can celebrate that."
Many of those who attended today's parade say they wanted to make sure they, at least, supported those who have or are serving in our nation's military.