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    Parade salutes veterans, 4ID centennial

    Parade salutes veterans, 4ID centennial

    Photo By Sgt. Anthony Bryant | The 4th Infantry Division Band marches ahead of about 100 Soldiers from the 4th Combat...... read more read more



    Story by Spc. Anthony Bryant 

    14th Public Affairs Detachment

    Soldiers from the Fort Carson Mounted Color Guard led the parade as they held flags steadfast in the blustering wind pervading the city. Garrison Commander Col. Ronald P. Fitch Jr., who was honored as one of two parade grand marshals, and Garrison Command Sgt. Maj. David Burton rode their motorcycles in the parade. Air Force Maj. Gen. Robert J. Skinner, deputy commander, Air Force Space Command, Peterson Air Force Base, was the other grand marshal.
    Among the first groups in the parade’s lineup was the 4th Infantry Division Band, directly followed by a formation of nearly 100 Soldiers from the 4th Combat Aviation Brigade, 4th Inf. Div.
    More than 90 organizations, contributing thousands of participants, marched down the mile long stretch between St. Vrain Street and Vermijo Avenue displaying their support of veterans.
    “Especially on this day, seeing such a great presence out here really means a lot to the guys who served,” said Retired Sgt. 1st Class James Mahurin, an Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom veteran and former 4th Inf. Div. Soldier. “It does make a difference seeing that type of support, especially from active-duty service members.”
    Parade entries included area high school marching bands, Junior ROTC programs and Veterans of Foreign Wars and American Legion posts. The parade was a combined effort between veterans, active-duty service members and the Colorado Springs community at large to celebrate veterans.
    The Colorado Springs Veterans Day Parade started in 2000 by a group of veterans whose mission was to honor all veterans and to educate and inspire community awareness while paying tribute to the service and sacrifices veterans have endured in the pursuit of freedom.
    The Colorado Springs Veterans Day Parade has rekindled a great tradition where veterans are enthusiastically cheered as they walk down Tejon Street, said Lonny L.J. Barrett, parade executive assistant and 20-year Navy veteran. He said veterans come from all over southern Colorado to participate in the parade.
    “It’s rewarding to be able to organize and launch an event like this every year,” said Barrett. “There’s no better feeling than seeing all your hard work be appreciated, not only by the veterans, but (also) by the community.”



    Date Taken: 11.04.2017
    Date Posted: 11.11.2017 00:51
    Story ID: 254969
    Hometown: FORT CARSON, CO, US

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