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Saturday was Captain Cavedweller’s birthday. In honor of the auspicious occasion, a parade was thrown and much to-do was made.

Not really.

But we did got to a parade.

Captain Cavedweller’s mom and sister came for the weekend to help celebrate his birthday. So early Saturday morning we piled in the car, drove an hour and set up our chairs in anticipation of watching the parade.

Despite the fact we thought we might be fried like eggs on the hot pavement due to the warm temperatures, it was a lot of fun.

There is just something about a parade, especially when the community comes out in force to support it. Much candy was thrown, bands marched, floats floated, and horses …. well, they did what horses generally do on a long parade route.

There were cute little girls in pink-themed wagons, a cowboy band playing everything from a trumpet to a drum via horseback  (The one with the drum must have a horse with the best temperament ever.), and old cars of every shape, style and make.

But I think my favorite part of the parade was the tribute the local firefighters gave to the victims of 9/11. It was heartfelt and touching and made more than one person teary-eyed.

It is in those sweet moments that I fully realize just how very proud I am to be an American.

She Who Is Saluting All Our Servicemen and Women and Sending Them a Big Thank You

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Patriotism

Word of the Week: Patriotism

pa·tri·ot·ism

pey-tree-uh-tiz-uhm

– noun

love, support, and defense of one’s country; national loyalty

“The parade attendees offered a wonderful display of patriotism.”

This weekend, Hubby and I went to a parade. I have to say, it was one of the most organized I’ve ever attended.  There were floats, bands, old cars, more horse entries than I’ve ever witnessed in one parade, and lots of smiling, happy people. The parade began on a great note with the majority of the military entries leading the parade.

As a burst of fireworks signaled the beginning of the parade and the entrants started down the street, you could see wave after wave of the crowd rise to their feet, take off their hats and honor  the American flag as it passed by. Those carrying the flags – members of the Veteran’s of Foreign Wars, the National Guard, active service members, and police officers – all received the same respect and honor. It was one of those moments that squeezes your heart, brings a tear to your eye and makes you so grateful to be living in this great country.

I’m glad we were there to see not only the parade, but to be a part of the warm feeling of patriotism that filled the crowd.

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