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Veterans Day Celebration: In Photos

Red, white, and blue were the colors of the day this past Sunday, November 11, as the streets of downtown Harrisonburg were lined with community members honoring veterans who have proudly served our country during war and peace time.

Parade participants included the Dayton American Legion Post 27, Veteran POW-MIA Riders, Inc., Harrisonburg High School JROTC, Harrisonburg High School Marching Band, American Legion Post 188, and many more! The Grand Marshal for the parade was Mitchell R. Griffith who is a native of the Shenandoah Valley. He enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1954 and was stationed in Georgia, Germany, Korea, Vietnam, Greenland, Virginia, and Maryland during his service.

Thank you to all who came out and showed appreciation for our veterans!

Members of the Dayton American Legion Post 27. Photo by Shannon Essad.

Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 632. Photo by Shannon Essad.

Harrisonburg/Rockingham County NAACP. Photo by Shannon Essad.

The energy was high at the parade line-up location as participants prepared their floats and socialized with friends.

Members from the Veteran POW-MIA Riders, Inc. Photo by Shannon Essad.

Harrisonburg High School JROTC. Photo by Shannon Essad.

Harrisonburg High School Marching Band practicing before the parade begins. Photo by Shannon Essad.

Ken Nefkin and his Half Track. Photo by Shannon Essad.

The parade began at 2 pm at the Rockingham County Administration Building and traveled South on Main Street to the City Municipal Building.

The NIOC Sugar Grove Navy Base Honor Guard. Photo by Shannon Essad.

Grand Marshal Mr. Mitchell Griffith. Photo by Shannon Essad.

Massanutten District Boy Scouts of America. Photo by Shannon Essad.

The Harrisonburg High School Marching Band played a variety of patriotic songs. Photo by Shannon Essad.

Sons of Confederate Veterans. Photo by Shannon Essad.

A horse and rider with the Sons of the Confederate Veterans even joined us for the celebration! Photo by Shannon Essad.

The parade also included a number of classic cars! Photo by Shannon Essad.

Feelings of appreciation and admiration filled the air along Main Street as parade-watchers applauded the men and women who were selfless enough to put their lives on the line for our country.

Shannon Essad is HDR’s first Social Media Intern for Fall 2012 and a senior Communication major with a concentration in Organizational Communication at James Madison University.

All photos by Shannon Essad.

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