Sunday, May 31, 2009

Memorial Day Parade


How important it is for us to recognize and celebrate our heroes and she-roes! ~Maya Angelou

While Memorial Day weekend is celebrated as the "unofficial" start of summer and celebrated with BBQ's and trips to the shore, let us not forget the true meaning of the day and take some time to remember those who have given the greatest gift, their lives, for our freedom to partake in these celebrations. And may all keep prayers in our hearts that all of our troops stay safe as they continue acts of heroism necessary to keep us that way.

A day of remembrance, proudly exhibited by the participants in Metuchen's Memorial Day Parade. There was a nice crowd lining Main Street anxiously awaiting the beginning of the parade

Anxiously Waiting

All-American "Coke and a Flag" family waiting...

First up, the Color Guard representing the Armed Forces

Military Color Guard

The all but forgotten Viet Nam Veterans



The Coast Guard


The young and ambitious from Lincoln HS JROTC


A great showing by the Fire Department


Even Bagpipers from Keyport, NJ were marching in this parade

Bill Larkin - The American Celts, Keyport NJ

And of course, those adorable young ones that just take your heart away

God Bless the USA


Mary said...

Wow, these are wonderful photos! Found you through Country Girl Kate.

MaggieGem said...

@ Mary thank you for the compliment and for stopping by.

Chris said...

Very cool Maggie. I had a neighborhood parade too. It reminded me of Norman Rockwell's paintings of small town America, and children with ice cream and flags :)

MaggieGem said...

@ Chris, thanks for stopping by, I've seen great shots on your blog!

Thanks for the inspiration...