OGDEN -- He is not a veteran, but Trae Kelley stood tall and marched proudly near the front of Saturday's Veterans Day Parade. The whole time, as the veterans received cheers from those on the sides of the street, the 18-year-old thought of his grandfather.
"I had to fight back tears," he said.
The parade, now in its fifth year after being revived by Ogden Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1481, featured more than 80 units including military, antique equipment, marching bands and Civil War re-enactors.
The celebration started at 18th Street on Washington Boulevard and finished at Lindquist Field.
Kelley carried a large framed picture of his grandfather, Wayne Charles Carlin, who died in May. Carlin served in the Army and was awarded a Purple Heart after being wounded in Vietnam.
"I thought I should remember him this way, so I went to the VFW and they said I could," Kelley said of marching in the parade to honor his grandfather.
Kelley said his grandfather had a big effect on his life. From their hunting trips to just hanging out together, the pair formed a bond that will influence the rest of Kelley's life.
The Roy High School senior credits his grandfather for helping him decide to enlist in the Marine Corps when he completes high school.
"I'm going to go straight from the graduation ceremony to the recruiting office," Kelley said.
Fred Jones, 64, of Ogden, served in the Navy from 1965 to 1969 and has marched in the parade each of the past five years.
Seeing the support from people is rewarding, he said.
"It's nice to come out and don the old uniform. It still fits."
This year's parade honored Vietnam veterans in particular; however, any veteran of military service, whether in wartime or peacetime, was welcome to march or ride in the parade.
Marcia Hamblin, of Sunset, marched alongside the parade while her husband, Larry, rode on the Marine Corps float.
The couple married on July 22, 1967. Two weeks later, Larry left for his second tour in Vietnam.
Those determined to brave the cold, wet weather Saturday stayed at Lindquist Field for a short patriotic celebration.
State VFW Commander Dennis Howland said organizers had discussed canceling the parade Saturday morning, but decided to tough out the weather.
"Every man and woman who served in uniform does not check outside for the weather," he said.
During the celebration, which was shortened because of the snow that arrived soon after the ceremony began, nine new airmen took the U.S. Armed Forces Oath of Enlistment.
Marcia Hamblin said parades like the one in Ogden are an important part of showing respect to those who fought to defend this country.
"It's important to remember those who served."