|Graduation day at Officer's Training School|
I've met many interesting people in the 21 years that I served and been quite a number of fascinating places, although I can say I missed out on the desert deployments that so many of today's soldiers are doing. It's a bad situation for all of them- time away from family and friends in terrible living conditions, but few complain publicly. It helps to feel appreciated.
And that is what today is all about... appreciation for what they do, where they do it, and for all the sacrifices they make along the way. We went to the Milwaukee Veterans Day Parade yesterday and it was great- lots of motorcycles, marching bands, horses, candy thrown, uniforms, and veterans from every war. The weather couldn't have been better either. 65 degrees in November in Milwaukee is almost unheard of. There were smiles all around. I've included a few shots from the parade so you can get your fill of patriotism. My favorite was the dog on a motorcycle.
Harley Davidson Museum also had free admission all weekend for any veteran and their family members. They had a special tribute to all service members including a 21 gun salute (which we didn't stay for because it would no doubt send Omar into screaming fits and holding his ears). They featured a "Tribute Bike" owned by Vietnam veteran Lee McAndrew, that had scenes on it related to the Vietnam War. It was one of the most amazing paint jobs I've ever seen. Great day and so glad that so many places show their appreciation to veterans.
|The Vietnam Tribute bike|
|A live bald eagle was on display|
|students practicing their rifle moves|