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Lowell Hughes, 99, and a World War II veteran, sits in his Ford Mustang in front of the Chaves County Courthouse Saturday ahead of the Veteran’s Day Parade. (Alex Ross Photo)

Cold temperatures did not keep the crowds away or dampen patriotic fervor Saturday, as people lined the flag-bedecked streets in downtown Roswell for this year’s Veterans Day Parade and celebration.

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The New Mexico Youth ChalleNGe Academy Corp. Cadets unfurl an American flag Saturday morning at the intersection of Fifth and Main streets before the Veterans Day Parade. (Alex Ross Photo)

At 7 a.m. with a layer of frost still visible on the grass outside the Chaves County Courthouse, people began to show up in coats and cocooned in blankets to observe and in some cases, take part in the parade.

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Brigadier Gen. Douglas Murray, dean of academics at the New Mexico Military Institute addresses the crowd as keynote speaker at the Veterans Day Parade in Roswell Saturday in front of the Chaves County Courthouse. (Alex Ross Photo)