The hundreds of men and women who marched and rode in the parade ranged from young vets fresh from Afghanistan and Iraq to the aging veterans from World War II.
You couldn’t help but sense the pride and feel the adrenaline of once young men, signing over their lives to this nation and showing up green as the grass for boot camp.
Interspersed between the floats and rows of vets came the empty spaces. It wasn’t hard to imagine their fallen comrades marching in line there too. They, who paid the ultimate price for our freedoms to do as we legally please including to be completely oblivious to this holiday, deserve our reverence Monday.
This Memorial Day, starting at 10 a.m. at the veterans’ memorial site at Veterans Memorial Park, members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9170 will host their traditional ceremony, assisted by the American Legion Post 274 and Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 929.
Sheriff Carlos Carrizales Jr. will be the keynote speaker in what may be an emotional address following the recent death of his younger brother, Joe, warrant officer/deputy.
All are encouraged to attend and remember those who gave their lives for this nation.
– Jeff Latcham