'This is awesome': Hundreds of Chattanoogans experience the 70th annual Armed Forces Day parade

Members from various local high school marching bands carry an American flag during the 70th annual Armed Forces Day Parade on Friday, May 3, 2019 in Chattanooga, Tenn.

Hundreds of people lined Market Street for Chattanooga's 70th Armed Forces Day parade Friday morning.

On the sidewalks and from their downtown apartment balconies, people waved and cheered as the procession made its way toward the Market Street Bridge.

Every branch of the United States military was represented, as well as several Hamilton County high school marching bands and JROTC units. Civic and volunteer organizations and some businesses also participated.

Retired Command Sgt. Maj. Leo Brown, Jr., a Vietnam veteran, was one of the spectators. He was born and raised in Chattanooga and served in the U.S. Army for 24 years, beginning during the Vietnam War and retiring after Operation Desert Storm.

He said seeing the number of people who came out to support the armed forces was overwhelming.

"It