Young parade goers show appreciation for Veterans

9NEWS at 5 p.m. 11/12/16.

DENVER - As far as thank yous go, you’re never too young to start figuring those out. 

Mom and dad helped 5-year-oold Mackenzie Hulen make a thank you sign for the Veteran’s Parade in downtown Denver Saturday.

“Who are you thanking?” asked 9NEWS reporter Anastasiya Bolton.

“The army,” MacKenize said.

She knew who the parade is for.

“Me and my sissy,” she said.

Yes, MacKenize, it's for you too. Your grandpas who served our country made this possible.

“I think it's good for them to start learning about this at a young age,” said MacKenizie’s dad Keith Hulen, “Start showing appreciation. We live in a fantastic country. We should be very, very thankful that we have all this. It's good for them to say thank you.”

Nine-year-old Valerie Flores knows.

“It's for Veterans' day,” she said when asked about the parade. “They're the people who are in the Navy, the Airforce and the Marines. They help our country.”

Grandma Kathy Randall brought her 2-year-old granddaughter Paysen downtown.

“[To] show our respect for the military people,” she said.

For now, Paysen's just happy to be here.

“Just starting to teach her about it,” Kathy laughed. “She doesn't know anything about it, she got a flag, that's fantastic.”

But next year, or the one after, she'll know what her flag means and who to thank for protecting it.

Copyright 2016 KUSA


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