(Associated Press) Some of the loudest cheers at San Diego’s gay pride parade were for active-duty troops marching in military dress.

Saturday’s celebration marks the first time U.S. service members are participating in a gay pride event while decked out in full uniform. Dozens of soldiers, sailors, and Marines marched alongside an old Army truck festooned with a “Freedom to Serve” banner and a rainbow flag. They were joined by dozens more military personnel marching in civilian clothes.

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