Saturday, November 09, 2013

Today ... Staunton Veterans Day Parade

At the 2012 event, Uncle Sam led the parade and then stood on the street to thank parade participants ... and they greeted back. One military veteran in the parade called out, "You'd better get back to Washington, Uncle Sam. They're in trouble."

Today is the Veterans Day Parade in downtown Staunton. They gave for us. Now's our opportunity to give to them. Come out this morning and show appreciation for America's veterans.

U.S. Army veteran Barth Berry and his son participate each year. This was from 2010.

The late Speedy Hite, U.S. Army veteran, was on a float in this 2010 photo that honored those who did not come back home. Mr. Hite, 93, was a veteran of World War II, Korea, and Vietnam.

Another sad omission for the second year ... Mr. Delbert (Speedy) Hite who passed away 18 months ago at the age of 94. A veteran of three wars, he was an icon at veterans events in the community who had proudly served in the U.S. Army through World War II, Korea, and Vietnam. Mr. Hite, missing you today....
It's the soldier, not the reporter who has given us
Freedom of the Press.
It's the soldier, not the poet, who has given us
Freedom of Speech.
It's the soldier, not the campus organizer, who has given us the
Freedom to Demonstrate.
It's the soldier, not the lawyer, who has given us the
Right to a Fair Trial.
It's the soldier who salutes the flag, serves under the flag and
whose coffin is draped by the flag,
Who gives the protestor the right to burn the flag.
--Father Dennis Edward O'Brien, USMC
If you are going:
- Staunton Veterans Day Parade will be held Saturday, November 9, 2013, at 11:00 a.m. on Beverley Street
- Free parking available in New Street and Johnson Street garages and Wharf parking lot

Photos by Lynn R. Mitchell

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