KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT)- Finding a way to say "thank you" can be tough.
But after 88 years, the Veterans Day Parade has a lot of practice under its belt.
Monday, Captain Stephanie McKeen sang the National Anthem, but her full time job is fighting for our freedom.
A tough soldier but also human and gets nervous about singing in front of a big crowd.
"It's nerve-wracking, it's a song that's so dear to our military folks and you do not want to mess that up, and you want to sing it with every fiber of your body. So, it's nerve-wracking but I'm so honored to do it," says Capt. McKeen.
Women vets are not the majority but, they're growing in numbers and they fight just as hard as our men.
"I feel, you know, that I have a great chance to do whatever I want in the military at any given time, rank, jobs, it doesn't matter, but there's a lot of ladies who came before me who made that possible," she says.
Just a few blocks away from the parade on UT's campus, names were being read of those who gave the ultimate sacrifice.
"We are participating along with about 90 other universities in 38 states in reading the names of individuals who have served and given their lives serving our country," says Ashley Blamey, the chair for the Task Force for Student Veterans.
These events make being a veteran here notably special.
"Especially when you leave Knoxville and go into other areas and you come back to Knoxville people just love the veterans here, and we're so proud to be a part of this community.
A community that will never forget, Knoxville thanks you for your service.