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Veterans cheered and thanked during Friday's Bel Air parade
Veterans cheered and thanked during Friday's Bel Air parade

Hundreds of spectators crowded in front of stores, restaurants and between parked cars in downtown Bel Air Friday morning to watch the first Veterans Day parade the town has seen in more than 50 years. The crowd, which, at times, looked like a sea of waving American flags in a cold wind, was a good mix of young and old. And, though the parade was relatively short, many attending said they were impressed with what they saw and with the turnout. Children, many from nearby Bel Air Elementary School (county schools did not have the day off Friday), stood and sat along Main Street's curb, holding their flags and chanting "USA!" Veterans, while relatively quiet as they watched,...

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