Thousands Turn out to Salute Our Troops

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Today was the perfect day to have a big parade. Thousands of soldiers and veterans of previous wars marched or rode on vehicles down Kalakaua Ave. in the “A Salute to the Troops” parade and event. The parade started at Fort DeRussy and marched Diamond Head toward Kapiolani Park, where it was finished off with lunch and a concert.

The crowds that lined the street were appreciative of the soldiers and sacrifice they have made to preserve our freedoms as many received rounds of applause and cheers as they marched on by. Vintage military vehicles from the Hawaii Military Vehicle Preservation Association added a touch of nostalgia, especially for those veterans who actually used them in wars gone by. Some of the younger soldiers oogled at the vintage tank after the parade was over.

I was most impressed with the 2 Stryker vehicles that were on display at the park, along with some other hardware from the U.S. Army. The Strykers have been a source of controversy in Hawaii ever since it was announced that they would be stationed here. I personally have no problem with this.

After the parade the soldiers and public were treated to a free concert sponsored by the event organizer, the USO and a handful of local firms. Food vendors had to literally feed an army this afternoon from the tents set up at Kapiolani Park. The food lines were popular and very long.

I shot about 350 photos at the parade and for a short time at the park. Some of those photos can be accessed from my website at this link:

A Salute to Our Troops.

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