Saturday, November 13, 2010

Small Town Veteran's Day Parade

Hawk looking for a snack

Thursday and Friday were rainy days. That was a good thing because our neck of the woods has been very, very dry!

No luck so off he flew. 

Rain means clouds and thick clouds means hit-or-miss internet for us. Generally, it's more miss than hit! I was able to visit a few of your blogs and I was even able to comment on one or two.

I'm catching up now though because the rain has moved on. Just in time too.

Saturday turned out to be a beautiful day for a Veteran's Day Parade.

G1 and G2 were asked to bring their mini-sprints and join the parade of a small town a few miles south of where we live.

The local Boy Scouts carried the flags and led the parade - well, after the Sheriff's car and a police car anyway.

This parade had a very special start. When it got to the middle of town, the parade stopped and there was a prayer for all those, past and present, who have served in the military and for their families. Then there was a moment of silence for all those who have given their lives in service to the USA. I do believe you could have heard a pin drop. That was followed by the singing of the National Anthem.

Then the parade resumed. Despite their few numbers, the school band did a wonderful job!

The boys and their cars seemed to be pretty popular with the kids.

There were several veterans who rode their motorcycles in the parade.

Old Saint Nick even made an appearance!

After the parade was over we were invited to the local VFW for lunch. Guess who was in line? George Washington! He looked pretty good for his age too. I'd left my camera in the car and my phone doesn't take very good pictures.

When I got back to the car I remembered I had my small camera in my purse. So I could have shared a picture of George with you. Rats!


  1. I love small towns and parades. Glad the weather improved so you could enjoy the event and share pictures!

  2. We, too, had a parade but I wasn't able to attend. Maybe next year, Lord willing. We have a hawk in our neighborhood and he's keeping the birds from my feeder. Not happy about that.

  3. sounds like a wonderful parade. I always get choked up by Veterans day parades because it reminds me of my dad who served in WWII.
    You sure have some great grandkids, I know you are so proud!

  4. Great way to celebrate and remember Veterans Day. Would love to have seen George Washington :) . Gerry

  5. I love parades! When I was growing up my mom was involved in this group that made a Christmas Float for the Local Parade every year. My brother and I always got to ride on the float as well as help stuff tissue in chicken wire while building it. I have the greatest memories of the Christmas floats. Now, our parade is a little shady and you might just get shot if you go downtown to see it! I have not been to the Christmas parade in years because it has become dangerous -- so sad!

  6. That's cool. I love parades, big, small, whatever. Very special the stop for the prayer. I love that idea.

  7. Our town no longer has Veteran's Day parades. The only thing closed was the post office and banks. It's a shame.

    Have a good week.

  8. We also had remembrance day parades over here, a solemn occasion for my family as both my granddads fought in WW2.

  9. What a great post. I absolutely love a small town parade. And the prayer? Amazing!

  10. I love the small town parade. Leavenworth has one of the largest in the nation. The kids get out of school to participate. It lasted over 1 1/2 hours and only a few participants threw candy. Rats! as you say. The boys had shopping bags ready for the toss outs. I had to share my gloves with Commander it was so cold. But we stuck it out and made sure the boys saluted each flag.

  11. I missed the parade in a small town not far from us. Darn it!
    Looks like you had a great time.
    And I'll bet the boys were thrilled to be asked to be a part of the parade, too.
    I hate it when I need my camera and it's at home. Been happening a lot lately. My mind stays on school and I forget it. My small camera has a problem and I hate using it.