This was the start of the Memorial Day ceremony and thousands participated.
"I love it. It is great and this is the third year that I have participated," said a parade watcher.
"I get goosebumps from head to toe. It is wonderful and it sounds like thunder and it is for a good cause" said parade watcher Joanne Mora.
This was the ninth year that the West Coast Thunder rolled in to start the ceremonies.
"Tears came to my eyes driving down the street watching all the kids standing there waving their flags. It was awesome to me," said a parade watcher.
As the band played on, veterans along with friends and family members reflected on the day.
"It is a day of remembrance for all of the buddies that didn't come home," said Luis Millegt.
Luis Millegt served in the Army and won the Congressional Medal of Honor.
When Millegt was asked what Americans should be thinking about on Memorial Day he was very straight forward in his answer.
"They should damn well love living in America. Because a lot of people died so they could live here free," said Millegt.
There was a rifle salute and the famous musical piece, Taps ended the ceremony.