At precisely 11:11 a.m. on Nov. 11, 2011, an enormous American flag fluttered in the breeze over West Main Street. A procession of military planes buzzed through the sky while red, white and blue confetti drifted down from the downtown office buildings.
Along with the cheers of the throngs of spectators, military music trumpeted the marching orders for troops of veterans filled the airs.
The reason for the pomp and circumstance was easy. For the first time in at least a half century, Louisville hosted its first Veterans Day parade in.
“This truly is a unique opportunity to pay tribute to American veterans and active duty members of the Armed Services,” said retired Air Force Maj. Gen. Carl Black, chairman of the planning committee that brought all the elements together. “11:11 a.m. on the eleventh day of the eleventh month of the eleventh year won’t happen again for a long time.”
But this was more than a numerical gimmick. “It’s past time that we say to our veterans, ‘Thank you for your service,’ ” said Mayor Greg Fischer. “But though a parade and a service are nice, they do not fulfill our responsibility.”
So, from sea to shining sea, we take pause to remember our Veterans. No matter where they served, we owe our freedoms and security to a veteran. During the parade, we spoke with a few veterans, to tell their stories before they’re lost to history.
Category: Veteran's Day 2011