We had a big day on Saturday! Up early and off we headed to the Hollywood District in Portland, Oregon to be a part of the Veteran's Day Parade! This was the first year that our grandsons joined us. I asked a bystander take a photo of us, later several more joined us but missed being in the "group photo". :-)
My sister Roberta's husband Teddy is a member of the Sons of the American Revolution (SAR), here he is with the boys and Dayle.
The boys with the SAR group. Our two grandsons are eligible to join this group.
Dayle decorated our Ford Flex for the parade. :-)
The parade begins.. I took this photo from the car of the SAR who were marching ahead of us and was charmed by the way my flag inside reflected in the glass.
At the beginning of the parade I saw these two set up to enjoy watching everyone going by, each holding a chunky little pug.. aren't they cute?
Each year we are given a participation ribbon.. we then tie it to our full-sized American flag we have in the living room. :-)
We took a bunch of candy to toss out to the kids along the way, taffy and such, I'll never forget how much fun our boys had tossing candy and waving our little flags. When we got home and were checking our email and facebook Dayle found that KGW News had recorded the entire parade!! I have the link posted on my Facebook page but cannot find a way to put the link here. So, I did some "Screen shots" when we were in the video. It was so fun to see our group go by!
Portland Chapter members follow our car and behind them is a Speed's Tow truck with my sister Roberta and two other DAR ladies on the back.
There I am in the front passenger seat and Hayden behind me waving our flags. Last year I drove and this year Dayle drove. It's so neat how people thank Dayle for his service. I had a magnetic sign made for his side of the car.
There was even a band of bagpipers in the parade which I just loved!
Here is the magnetic sign I designed and had made for Dayle.
My dad Wallace Winston Shaklee was young and gentle farm boy who served as a Marine in World War II - he went in on the first wave at Iwo Jima with about 240 of his company, only 17 walked out unwounded and alive. What he saw there in the trenches for weeks traumatized him. Had he not returned, I would not be here.
Dayle served in the Army as a Chief Warrant Officer, a helicopter pilot, in Vietnam. He was shot in the femur while flying a combat mission near Khe Sanh when he was just 20 years old. It was amazing that he was able to set his helicopter down with only one useable leg. His bravery saved himself and two crew members.
So please give a thought and a smile to your family veterans and those who served. We owe them for our freedom and safety to live the life we enjoy. OK, I'm off to the DAR meeting.. then swimming.. ! ((hugs)), Teresa :-)