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.
One high school band pantomimed crouching through a battlefield.
Some veterans cheered their buddies from the sidelines.
Onlookers waved flags and paid their respects to those who have served.
All sectors were represented, including the army, navy, air force, marines and coast guard.
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.