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 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|