Thursday, November 11, 2010

Veteran's Day

We live in a town that takes Veteran's Day very seriously. We still have a huge parade in the morning and in the afternoon, marching bands from surrounding towns join those from our town for a celebration of music and patriotism. Each band... elementary, junior high and high school... march into the college stadium individually, past the stands around the track and enter the football field. By the end of this portion, there is a mass of kids, from 11 to 18 years old in the center of the football field. The high school director then brings them all together for the first time to play various American Patriotic Songs together... It truly is something to behold and usually brings chills to my arms and tears to my eyes. This is one day in our town that we all come together and thank our Veterans. Any differences we may have is set aside. Our Veterans and their families are honored for the sacrifices that they have made. Our thanks for their service is forefront in everyone's mind and I am proud to live in this town, but most of all, to be an American.

4 comments:

Janet, said...

That sounds like a very big celebration. Our small town is known for it's 4th of July celebration parade and celebration. This year we had our first Veteran's Day Parade. Our mayor is very patriotic.

Farmchick said...

Our small town takes this holiday seriously as well. We had several events today, but no parade.

Twisted Fencepost said...

Wow...imagining the combined community effort sounds amazing and I teared up just thinking about it.

Stefanie said...

I was so excited this year when our town had a Vetrans day parade. All I could think of was it's about time.