Thursday, November 12, 2015

Veteran's Day

Every year the children are out of school on Veteran's Day.  Since they have been learning about the importance of the holiday and it was a beautiful day....I decided to take the kids to the Birmingham Veteran's Day parade.

If you can believe it, it is the oldest and longest parade in the country!  Sixty-eight years ago Birmingham became the first city in America to observe Veterans Day.  World War II veteran Raymond Weeks, the organizer of the original 1947 parade, is even somewhat responsible for the fact that we have a National Veterans Day, a day that honors all veterans of all wars, instead of its precursor, Armistice Day, which marked the end of World War I.

Weeks organized his event and called it National Veterans Day. By 1954, the name National Veterans Day was adopted throughout the country and Congress changed Armistice Day to Veterans Day.

The parade is a BIG deal in Birmingham, and we totally underestimated the parking.  We drove around for over 30 minutes trying to find a spot, before we finally illegally parked in some grass field.  We walked several blocks and caught the parade mid stream.  We stood and watched it for over 2 hours, and it was still going on when we left.  After hearing there were almost 5000 participants in the parade, I now know why.

The kids and their friends made cute signs and had fun people watching.  But after a couple of hours, they were ready to move on.  It was fun to experience a piece of history, especially with friends.

B, W, Tate, P, Harrison, Chambers and Mary Carter

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