BREMERTON, Wash. - It's 30 minutes until parade time and Burke Waldron is ready.
"The greatest kick, ah, is the women coming to kiss me, sometimes have my picture taken with ‘em,” he said.
Dressed in his original whites from 1949, Waldron will tell you wearing this uniform is the greatest honor of his life.
"It's really too emotional to really give it words, because I look back and see how great this country is,” he said.
Kirsten Carlson and her three kids staked out a prime spot just in time to see this year's Grand Marshall, Amina Bowman.
"They could not have picked a better person this year," said Carlson. "She went through something without even knowing it was happening to her so let's take care of her, let’s raise her up and let her know it’s her town."
The 9-year-old who was accidentally shot by a classmate sits with her father - also a veteran. She is healthy and happy.
"It's awesome, humbling,” said Amina’s dad.
Humbling to be a part of celebrating Amina and the Burke Waldron's of the world, still standing tall.
"In a couple of days it's my birthday - 88 - and when I hit a 100 I'm outta here!" said Waldron.
Saturday’s parade also honored Washington State Patrolman Tony Radulescu, who was shot and killed during a traffic stop in February.