KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Kansas City welcomed home war veterans with a parade on Armed Forces Day. Parade officials rolled out the red carpet to welcome home vets of wars in Iraq in Afghanistan.
Army Specialist Ronald Hampton has fought in both countries as a gunner and disarming bombs.
"When I got home I got off the plane and kissed the ground literally," said Ronald Hampton with the U.S. Army.
While he was fighting for America, he missed the birth of his son and literally half of his life.
"I went to Afghanistan thinking I was going to die and I came home and got to see him again," he said. "There is nothing better."
Sgt. Michael Hutchinson trained special operations units who fought in Iraq. He is glad to see them coming home.
"We are very proud of them and what they have done for our country, " Sgt. Hutchison said.
Navy vet Jeses Velasquez gripped a flag in his hand. He saluted with a tear in his eye as fellow vets marched by.
"It's an awesome feeling to have the American people thank the vets who protected this country," said Velasquez. "It's great!"
His sentiments are shared with Kansas Citians who lined the streets to echo their thanks.