Sunday, November 14, 2010

Celebrating Veteran's Day In Bronzeville!

3rd Ward Alderman, Pat Dowell  shows support for the Veteran's Parade on ML King Drive.
All photos by Aki Antonia c2010
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BAB - Chicago area ROTC and Marching Bands were all spit. polish and shine in their military dress as they marched in a well organized parade for Veteran's Day in Bronzeville. This annual parade was presented by the The Chicago Defender  Newspaper Charities. The parade went north on Dr. Martin Luther King drive, starting at 43rd St. (Muddy Waters Drive) and ending at a Veteran's Day  memorial ceremony held at the Victory Monument on 35th and King Drive.  This monument was the first in Illinois and the United States erected to honor Black soldiers who fought in World War I. 

The Chicago area bands were excellent and the students honored the Veterans with  well rehearsed band performances and lively military chants.  This parade appeared about three times as large as the previous year (2009) with more Chicago area schools marching band participation. There was diversity,  dignity , discipline and respect on display in the  promenade. 
I saw many a tear and a salute from the crowd as the students brought honor to our nation's Veterans. 
It was a job well done
AA 11/11/10

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