MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Some streets of Downtown Memphis were shut down for a while Friday morning for the annual Veteran's Day Parade.
A few hundred people lined 2nd Street to watch all the marching bands and military personnel pass by and thank local veterans for the service to this country.
"The reason we live today is our veterans who went out and fought for our freedom," said Steven Hale.
Sgt. Sherman Lambert was among those on the sidelines. The Vietnam combat veteran received a Purple Heart after he was injured in a grenade blast during the war.
"It blew me about 18 feet in the air, M-16. Put a big hole in my leg. I couldn't walk. I couldn't do nothing," said Lambert.
Lambert still needs a cane to get around. He said he's lucky he made it out alive and wouldn't miss the parade for anything.
"I appreciate it. I really do," he said.
Lambert thinks this country could do a better job of taking care of its veterans and wants to give the new President-elect Donald Trump a chance to make changes.
"Give the vets more benefits and open a new hospital in Memphis," said Lambert.
And Lambert said he hopes Americans never take their freedom for granted.