A hometown Veteran’s Day parade

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I love parades, especially hometown parades.

I like the feeling of community and camaraderie that it brings out in people. There’s really nothing but joy and support going on and frankly, it’s awfully nice to see.

We hung our American flag off the front porch, Jack made us some mimosas, we grabbed the camera and went to hang out on the sidewalk with everyone else to watch the parade. It was fun. We were pleasantly surprised that the parade lasted about an hour and a half. There were lots of veterans (there were even two WWII vets), eight million honor guards, ROTC groups, groups from Travis Air Force Base, tons of car clubs, Elk’s Clubs, military vehicles, Shriners, politicians … you name it and they were probably in the parade.

Now, here are a few disclaimers about the following photos:

1. They don’t represent everything or this spattering of photos would soon turn into torture for you AND me.
2. I like honor guards.
3. I like marching bands.
4. I love horses.
5. I like funky silly cars, people and kids.
6. There is an American flag in almost every photo. Often there are ten American flags in a photo.
7. There’s a lot of military folk.
8. If you don’t like any of these things, scroll no further.

If you’re still with me … scroll on through. 🙂 And have a wonderful Veteran’s Day weekend from our little part of small-town America.

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Hi Mike! One of our local Board of Supervisors.

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Newly elected Congressman Garamendi. I met him when he was the Insurance Commissioner back in my lobbying days.

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I’m totally biased here … this is my alma mater high school’s marching band. They were one of five or six marching bands during the parade, but I thought they were the best. 🙂

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Jack and I were debating: is this a 1955 Thunderbird? (WES: Can you tell?)

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These poor boy scouts. After every group of horses (and there were MANY) were a pair of boy scouts scooping poop. I wonder what kind of badge they get for this service?

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Middle school marching band. Are they not adorable?

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You gotta love America.

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You see the gun attached to that red, white and blue barrel thingy? Well, essentially that whole thing IS a gun and it lets out a boom that’ll rattle your brain. Holy baloney that thing was cool.

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This turkey was part of a whole turkey contingent promoting the Thanksgiving Turkey Trot for charity.

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Taiko drummers. Love ’em! Jack and I see them practicing at the local community center all the time when we go out there to walk the dog. They’re super neat. And I don’t know if you can see, but there’s every age and nationality in this little group. Cool.

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It’s hard to see here, but these horses were dancing. I’m not kidding … they were prancing and dancing all over the place!

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And we’re done. Phew.

HAPPY VETERAN’S DAY.

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