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Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Saluting Veterans, on Fifth Avenue

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Photo by myself along Fifth Avenue, in Midtown.

The Veteran's Day parade marched along Fifth Avenue, Monday. Above, members of the US Air Force in their stunning dress uniforms. We had chilly weather and bright sun.

The parade is perhaps the most subdued of all our parades. There are a few floats blaring music from the 1940's, some marching bands, and the occasional sound of bagpipes.

Most of the parade is unaccompanied by music. Respectful spectators applaud and call out their thanks, while veterans from each generation march by.

I am always very moved on this day. Our applause and cheers are tiny gestures compared to the sacrifice of these heroes. Since the parade is held on a Monday and many people are working, the sidelines are sadly sparsely attended.

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A veteran of the Korean war saluted onlookers.

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An older man held a sign that read 'thank you'. Many people in the crowd shouted their thanks, as well.

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Related posts: The 2011 Veterans Day Parade, The Veterans Day Parade, on Fifth Avenue, and Saluting Heroes Along Fifth Avenue, Part One.


Olivier said...

la deuxieme photo est tres sympathique

Andy said...

There's a lot to be thankful for.

biebkriebels said...

Not so much public to watch the parade.

Lily Hydrangea said...

I feel the same way Kitty, & just posting this is a great way of saying thank you to our vets. Thank you for posting this.
& I like your first shot with the 5th avenue street sign in the upper corner and the pedestrian's blue jeans repeating the color family of the US air force dress blues. you've really captured the feel of the day here.