I'm sentimental about that sort of thing, and always tear up at the national anthem. But this year really got me. Standing by us was a young girl, 25 maybe, in Army camos with an airborne patch and beret. She was with two kids, probably siblings but maybe hers. Here she is:
When the veterans' float went by, all these old grisly vets called out to her, "Soldier! Thank you!" and just showered her with candy. I tell you, I could've really used a hankie at that point.
Here are some more pics from the parade. Justin took most of these.
These ladies did a little drill team routine. I have no idea what organization they represent, if any, but I like their spunk.
Same goes for them.
Pastor Dean and his wife Toni.
Betty with the bounty.