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Nov 12, 2012 6:59 PM by Erika Flores

Veterans grateful for families

TUCSON - People gathered across Tucson to celebrate and honor those who have fought for our freedom.

The Veterans we spoke to said they're grateful that everyone is thinking of them and thanking them for their service, but there are some loved ones that they would like to thank as well -- their family.

Two-year-old Robert Altamirano said he wants to follow in his grandfather's footsteps. Robert's grandpa Ronnie Olivas served in the army for fifteen years.

Ronnie said that's why he served for our country. "It gives us an opportunity to voice our opinion," said Olivas.

Olivas like many Veterans said they couldn't have done it without their families. "We come out here every year to support my husband and everybody else," said his wife Molly.

Twelve-year-old Pedro Flores said he wants to join the Marine Corps like his grandfather. "Because I want to fight for my country and my freedom," said Flores.

Tony Pawlichi fought during World War II and said he's very happy to see families and Veterans together celebrating Veterans Day. "It's all inside, and I'm very proud," said Pawlichi.

Julia Jarett is honoring her "Papu" who died five years ago after fighting in World War II. "He always taught me that you have to keep an open mind and an open heart to everyone and everything," she said. It's a message she will always take with her and pass down to generations.

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