The El Paso (TX) Veteran’s Day ParadePosted: November 11, 2014
I was honored to have been invited to ride on the 82nd Airborne’s float in the El Paso Veterans Day Parade today, with WWII veterans and one Viet Nam veteran. I met a lot of patriotic Americans today. The spectators, several thousand, were very respectful, waving, saluting, and shouting “Thank you for your service”.
The first photo is a church group. The gent with the blackened face and the Captain in the back center are the group leaders, teaching these young men discipline, skills, etc., but they made it clear that their main thrust is spiritual. What a dynamite combination. I was particularly impressed with the young mens eye contact, acknowledgment, and recognition of most every adult whose path they crossed, stopping to shake hands with many. They are being given the right kind of training in preparation for becoming the American leaders of the future. Another group wore patches that read “Young Marines”. There was also a group of young men and women wearing Navy and Air Force uniforms, every one well behaved, a tribute to the uniform they were wearing. I have to tell you that I was very impressed with the involvement of young people, all marching in cadence like they had done it all their lives. It was a GREAT Veterans Day celebration.
2014 Downtown El Paso – Veterans Day Parade
By John Ceballos ·
Paratroopers of the Benavidez-Patterson “All Airborne” Chapter, 82nd Airborne Division Association, Inc., were joined by Members of the “Royal Rangers, Outpost 62”: U. S. Congressman, Beto O’Rourke; El Paso County Judge, Veronica Escobar and Former City Representative (District 2), Susie Byrd, for the 2014 Edition of the Downtown El Paso, Texas, Veterans Day Parade! Also on hand: Marvin & Millie Woods from Alto, New Mexico!