Thursday, November 11, 2010

Thank You, Vets!

I have never been to a Veteran's Day parade, let alone in one. Well, today was my lucky day. Albany's family owned restaurant Brewsters had a float in the parade and I got to ride while Bobby drove the tractor. We tossed plastic Easter eggs (as Brewsters' "mascot" is a rooster) filled with candy and a coupon to the restaurant. Kids of course went bananas for anything being thrown their way. There were even some adults pushing and jostling to get an egg. Who knew they would be such a big deal?!? We even duped a high school kid into dressing up as a rooster for the parade. He made a pretty comical rooster, but the children loved him!

We rode all the way through the main street of downtown where the street was PACKED with people. I learned this morning that Albany's Veteran's Day Parade is the largest west of the Mississippi. Pretty impressive! Maybe one day it will grow as big as the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. :)

Dwayne, Stacey (Brewsters' proprietor and Bobby's cousin), Alex, Brian, & Emily on board our float!

Farmer Bob drives the tractor

The tractor all decked out and ready for the parade!

In all the hustle and bustle of getting organized and being in the parade it was easy to forget why we were celebrating. I just want to take the opportunity to thank all of our veterans and those who are currently serving our country. We would not be the amazing nation we are today without you. All our thoughts and prayers are with our military today. God bless our troops and Happy Veteran's Day!