Last Saturday the kids and I went to the Veteran's Day Parade.
What I didn't expect was the emotions I went through. Tissues, please!
|My Dad. Vietnam War Veteran and biker.|
Oak Harbor, WA is a Navy town, tried and true, so being patriotic is everything here. Most peeps know I love motorcycles and ride mine everyday I can. And at this parade, the combo of patriotism plus motorcycles hit this small island in a huge wave. CHECK MY CLIP:
Hundreds of veteran bikers came out to the parade. I was in hog heaven I tell ya. My emotions were spilling over with admiration for them and their service, getting me all choked up. (Biker humor)
|Many bikes adorned themselves with flags|
One bada** biker even parked his bike during the parade and approached an elderly man leaning against a light pole decked out in his navy cap. "Sir, thank you for your service," he said looking him dead in the eyes. I nearly lost it. Many more nodded in respect to the Navy men walking by, and in return they would nod back. Agh! The respect was killing me! Tissues!
Then as the parade was held up and barely moving, we walked down to the other end of downtown, (it's small, takes like 5 mins if you stroll, 1 1/2 briskly) to see why. I was submerged in a sea of Navy men and women wearing their dress blues passing me. And I about cried.
Now that I'm approaching mid 30's, they appear like babies. Just kids. And I thought it's not fair. Their too young!! It was hard to face them and not think maybe that person won't be alive months from now serving his/her country. Again, their just kids!!
|Downtown Flag Display|
When we approached the end of the parade, I was awe struck with the American Flag held up in the middle of the road and each veteran motorcycle club taking turns to stop, acknowledge the Navy commander in the raised podium to the left, and then ride off. I included a clip of it. PLEASE WATCH:
When I saw the first set do it, I literally teared up, and my heart sank. How amazing. Happy Veteran's Day. And thank you to those who have served and who are still serving. You're everything to this country being safe.