Key West’s military background and continuing commitment to the armed services was on full display at the city’s annual Veterans Day Parade, which lined Duval Street on Nov. 11. 

Veterans from World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Iraq, Afghanistan and other conflicts rode in Jeeps and convertibles, while groups of active-duty soldiers, sailors and seamen marched in procession, along with the Key West High School marching band.

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