Sunday, November 7, 2010

Colorado Springs Veterans Day Parade

Yesterday was the Colorado Springs Veterans Day Parade through downtown.  I had an opportunity to participate in this year's parade by riding with the Patriot Guard.  I've ridden in parades before and it's not easy on a motorcycle.  You're in first gear the entire time, you really can't ever get your feet off the ground for long.  Needless to say, I was battling a leg cramp and an enflamed thigh (the engine heats up a lot when you're not moving very fast).  It was worth it though!  The crowd was huge!  That was so great to see.  The turnout was amazing and everyone was enthusiastic.  TONS of people waving, cheering, thanking us, etc.  That was a little odd, to hear people thank us.  I kept thinking, "What did I do?!"  But I know with the PGR I'm amongst vets who do deserve that thanks.  I don't look for thanks, for doing what I do with the PGR.  I do it because those who've been killed in honor, those who've served our country, they deserve it.  It's my honor to stand for them.  I had a perma-smile on my face throughout the entire parade, as I waved and honked my horn.

Prior to the start of the parade, I wandered down the street to see the JROTC students from my school.  We have a number of "our students" in JROTC, and I knew it'd be cool to see them and let them see me in my biker gear/outside of school.  When I found their staging location, they hadn't arrived yet.  There was a couple of parents there that had brought donuts and hot chocolate.  I stuck around to help them serve food and to see the kids.  It was great seeing them all in their Class As, trying not to get sugar on their uniforms.  I know they appreciated my help and so did the parents.  It was a job much better suited for three pairs of hands, versus just two.

Here's a couple of pictures from the event!

Trinnie and I!  She was there with USAA.
PGR members, ready and waiting!

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