SAN DIEGO — Dozens of boats made their way through San Diego Bay for the third annual Fleet Week San Diego Veterans Day Boat Parade — a salute to veterans and active-duty service members.

“Hopefully it allows the people watching the parade to remember what these veterans did. It’s a time for them to show their appreciation for these men and women that have served us over these years and I think this community comes out and does that 150% every year,” said Larry Blumberg, executive director of Fleet Week San Diego.

Boats of all sizes started at the southern tip of Shelter Island going along Harbor Island, the Embarcadero, across the bay and finishing in Coronado.

They were decked out in red, white and blue — and flying flags for all branches of the military.

Many of the boats had veterans and active-duty personnel on board.

Navy veteran Dave Bradley rode on a restored Vietnam-era swift boat and said he hopes the parade and other Fleet Week events will have a lasting impression on those who enjoyed them.

“Hopefully it restores some of their patriotism, their recognition of the work that we all did and maybe the youngsters get a little better idea of what it means to be an American,” Bradley said.