Sunday, November 11, 2007

Veterans Day in Fresno

Today, Archie and Tyler were participants in the Veterans Day parade. Fresno boasts the largest Veterans Day parade in the USA. The boys are both in the R.O.T.C. and marched with the high school in todays parade.
As the parade started, the sky's above Fresno were filled with fireworks at exactly 11:11AM to honor the ending of WWI, which was official at 11 AM on Nov 11th. As the United States armed forces made their way down the street towards us, my eyes welled and my heart swelled. As Old Glory passed by with the Fresno State Band playing "His Truth is Marching On" (I think thats the title of the song) and "As The Caison's Go Rolling Along" (again I hope that's the title), I had a lump in my throat. I just don't believe that you can say "thank you" enough to these people who have made this sacrifice for our country. As the WWII Pearl Harbor survivor's passed by, I noticed that there were less than there was last year. Sadly, members of the "greatest generation" are passing away every year but those that were there here were great! The P.O.W.'s, the Purple Heart recipients, and even the group of Civil War soldiers, made me proud to be an American!

To all American Veterans, my family and I say a heart felt THANK YOU!

All Gave Some, Some Gave All. God Bless the U.S.A.


Mike said...

Cant agree with you more!. Did you happen to watch the PBS series "The War" by Ken Burns? Was great. Very detailed and also very revealing about what a huge sacrifice was made by WWII vets and also the USA as a country. Powerful stuff.

Lori said...

It makes me very sad, too, to see the passing of the WWII generation. My father enlisted just after that war ended, so he is at the tail end of that era.

Wishing you a wonderful Thanksgiving filled with family, blessings, and of course...wonderful food!