2006 Veteran's Day Parade

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The Georgia Veterans Day Parade Association of Atlanta, Inc. held it's 25th Annual Veteran's Day Parade on 11 November, 2006.  It was the biggest and best parade so far.  The weather cooperated and people lined the streets to honor those who have sacrificed for their country.  This year's Grand Marshall was Joseph L. Galloway, respected war correspondent, best-selling author, nationally syndicated columnist and speaker who recently retired from 47 years in daily journalism.  Mr. Galloway co-wrote, with  Lt. General Hal H. Moore (the 2004 parade's Grand Marshall), the best-selling book "We Were Soldiers Once ... And Young",  the basis for the critically-acclaimed 2002 movie "We Were Soldiers", about the experiences of the 1st and 2nd Battalions of the 7th US Cavalry Regiment at the Battle of Ia Drang, in November, 1965.  Several veterans from that battle journeyed to Atlanta this year to have a reunion and celebrate their comrade. This year's parade recognized more than 4,000 citizen-soldiers from Georgia’s own 48th Brigade, recently back from Iraq, and featured 70 marching units and other groups, including the U.S. Army Forces Command Honor Guard, state commanders of veterans groups, other distinguished guests, Georgia college and high school bands, corporate floats and members of Veterans of Foreign Wars, The American legion, Korean War Veterans, Vietnam Veterans Alliance, Military Order of the Purple Heart, the Patriot Guard Riders and other patriotic organizations.

This is a collection of 372 photographs, taken with two cameras with different lenses.  Why so many pictures?  Because the good folks who organized and participated in and were honored by this event worked really hard to make it happen.  Many have made sacrifices I can't even imagine and, as a veteran of six years of active duty (and six more in the IRR) in the US Army, I know that serving one's country is a sacrifice made by real patriots (some of the best and brightest ). That's the way it's always been.   I am glad that people have become more patriotic these days and actually line the streets for this event.  It makes me proud to be an American. 

 

The pictures have been separated into two pages (otherwise it would take you a month on a 28.8 K connection - and you know who are) and do not stay in chronological order.  At the bottom of this page is a link to continue to Page 2 of the collection and the photos from the evening's Banquet.

 

Click on a "thumbnail" below to see the full-sized picture

All images © 2006 Stephen H. Moore  All Rights Reserved

Stephen H. Moore - Ace Photographer

"You round 'em up, I'll shoot 'em"

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TROPHY WINNERS - 2006

President's Trophy            Loganville Middle School, Director Conrad Cheney        Most Patriotic                       National Museum of Patriotism                                             Best Military                         48th Brigade
Best Veteran                       Georgia Vietnam Veterans Alliance
Best Band                            Air Force Band of the South
Best New Entry                   Republic of China
Best Marching                    Marine Air Group 42
Best Non-Veteran              North Georgia Two Cylinder Club
Most Improved                   ARVN Veterans
Best ROTC Unit                 Atlanta City Schools ROTC