Today, we say "Thank you for your service" to our son Doug, who served 23 years in the US Marine Corps, and to the thousands and thousands who served—since the beginning of the Revolutionary War—to assure that today we can vote for the candidate of our choice and live in freedom in this wonderful country, the United States of America.
Today there is a Veterans Day parade in nearby Apache Junction and yesterday there were parades in the East Valley and Phoenix, and I am sure almost every community in the country held a parade over the weekend. Even if we don't talk about it much, I think many, if not most, Americans are grateful for the freedoms we have and the men and women who gave of their time, and sometimes their very lives, so we could exercise those freedoms and rights.
In cities and towns the parades include horses and floats and marching bands and color guards. In the 55+ active adult resorts we spend our winters in, the parades include a flag and golf carts and old cars. I really wonder what nursing homes have—wheel chairs? Whoever we are and whereever we stop to remember, we march or walk or wheel and give thanks.
These are some views of Friday's Veterans Day Parade in Canyon Vistas and Superstition Views where we spend our winters.