Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Old Soldiers and a Young Scout

About two weeks ago, the highlight of our Saturday morning was the Alpharetta Old Soldiers Day Parade! Not just because it's a fun parade with floats and bands and lots of flying candy; but because Sam was a participant!

This parade honors all of the "old soldiers" who have fought to protect our country. Now, this isn't your small community 10 float parade with kids riding by on the tricycles -- it's been a local tradition for 59 years and let me just say that Sam's Scout Troop was float #75 and they weren't the end. Whew!

But, it was an awesome way to spend the morning and show honor and respect for those who have risked or lost their lives for all of the freedoms we have.

The event kicked off with a bag piper.

And a fly-by by an Army helicopter.

The speaker was Brian Stann. He's a well decorated Marine (not to mention an Ultimate Fighter/Cagefighting champion) who started a non-profit organization, called "Hire Heroes - USA". You can read about his organization here. But, he was such a motivational speaker and had the cutest family riding along with him during the parade.

We honored the Confederate veterans....

the WWII veterans...

the Korean War veterans...

the Vietnam veterans...and all of the wars. (I, unfortunately, am a slow photog, so I kept getting caught up in the moment and forgot to take pics!)

There was the Tractor Association. (If this guy had a radio, it would be playing -- "She Thinks My Tractor's Sexy"!!!)

The men really got excited when they saw this truck, but...behind it was a collection of convertible cars. Sorry guys!

And, bless his heart, this guy had the worst job of all!!! He followed the Women's Side Saddle Horse Club. Pee-Yewwwww....

And no parade would be complete with out the Shriners!

Here's Mr. and Mrs. Alpharetta Golden Age --John and I will sooooo be there in about 40 years! Just wait and see!

But, alas, I finally see what we came for....

This precious Scout! He had the time of his life!

And Lily made out like a bandit with a bag full of candy!

Such a fun day! Thank you, Veterans!

Proud to be an American~

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