ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – As a way to say ‘thank you’ to veterans, El Charritos on Central provided breakfast burritos, coffee, and donuts to any veteran who stopped by Friday morning.

The veterans breakfasts are a way for city officials and community members to show their appreciation. “Getting a chance to meet the guys who gave up their lives, families and their children’s lives and all of that to go away and take care of us, in some ways even giving up their own freedoms,” President of the West Central Community Development Group Twyla McComb said.

According to McComb, the veterans breakfast has become an annual tradition for the past several years.

The City’s Office of Military and Veterans Affairs, alongside other departments, is holding a parade for the special day. It’ll kick off at 9 a.m. Saturday with a ceremony at 11 a.m. The route starts at San Mateo, heads east on Gibson, and ends at Veterans Memorial Park.

Guests can learn about veterans’ benefits during the celebrations.