Veterans Day Parade

November 6th, 2010

11-6-10A Veteran’s Day Parade like none I have ever witnessed took place just outside of Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. The size of parade and attendance was second to none I have ever seen. I called Debbie Hangsleben of Chapter 5 of Rolling Thunder in Jacksonville, North Carolina when I saw a notice of a parade taking place the evening prior. Their group was the parade sponsor. Debbie loved the idea of The Kindness Bus being part of the parade.
Pulling into the parade staging area this morning, one of the security guards said “That bus doesn’t look too patriotic.” I assured him that it was a freedom of speech bus, one of the rights these Marines defend in our honor. He immediately waved me in. All along the parade route were thousands of proud Veterans who enjoyed seeing something so beautiful as The Kindness Bus. All of them were greeted with a “Thank you for your service to our country.”
I am convinced that all attendees and participants were military or family. By the end of the parade I was made to feel as if I was part of the Marine family. My thanks to all Veterans everywhere.

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