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Saturday, November 12, 2011

The 2011 Veteran's Day Parade

Veteran's Day Parade, NYC
Photo by myself along Fifth Avenue, in Midtown.

The Veteran's Day Parade took place on Fifth Avenue on Friday. High school bands and veterans from all periods were present. There were floats and horses and batons and kilts.

The day started out cool and sunny, then turned to become windy and very chilly. Near the end, anyone who wasn't wearing gloves was shivering and blue. I was as stiff as a board and could hardly bend my knees.

Veteran's Day Parade, NYC
One high school band pantomimed crouching through a battlefield.

Veteran's Day Parade, NYC
Some veterans cheered their buddies from the sidelines.

Veteran's Day Parade, NYC
Onlookers waved flags and paid their respects to those who have served.

Veteran's Day Parade, NYC
All sectors were represented, including the army, navy, air force, marines and coast guard.

Veteran's Day Parade, NYC

Veteran's Day Parade, NYC
Veterans from World War II waved from a float.

Seeing the veterans and these parades in person is a moving experience, but these parades are sadly not as well attended as they could be. Veterans have given us much and have demanded very little of their country.

Related posts: The Veteran's Day Parade, on Fifth Avenue, Saluting Heroes Along Fifth Avenue, Part I, and Saluting Heroes Along Fifth Avenue, Part II.


s.c said...

A pity that the veterans look so young. For my idea a veteran must be old but the world today is different. Still thank you for showing.

RedPat said...

Great shots Kitty!

Kitty said...

Thanks SC.
Yes there were vets from Iraq and Afghanistan, too. It was very interesting to see them in their particular groups.

Thanks RedPat!

Leif Hagen said...

I love your Veterans Day posting, Kitty! GREAT photo of the marching soldiers! Fun to catch up on your blog after a busy week!

Lily Hydrangea said...

excellent parade shots Kitty.