The third largest Veterans Day parade in the nation marched through the streets of Albany on Saturday, Nov. 11.
Five-hundred-plus motorcycles began a slow roll down the parade route at 11 a.m., followed by 205 separate parade entries. An estimated 8,000 all marching, riding or walking to the cheers of 45,000 — and within those 8,000 we had the privilege of hosting our honored veterans.
Women veterans of World War II, Korea, Vietnam, the Gulf War and Iraq led the way as our grand marshals, along with our Home Front veterans: Rosie the Riveters! Such humble and appreciative women veterans. Bless them all. These honored veterans were followed by a whole host of veterans of all era’s and branches of service. We humbly thank them for their service.
An event of this magnitude also takes dedicated volunteers who step up each year as we honor all our veterans. We offer our thanks also to the city, county and state personnel for the assistance received as we readied the town.
We also wish to thank everyone who joined us. It takes us all working together to bring it all together, making it a fun and honorable and safe parade for all. So, whether you were in the parade, on the sidewalk cheering or helping bring it all together this past year, we thank you all and we will see you next year!
Mark your calendars, the 2018 Albany Veterans Day parade will take place on Saturday, November 10th, as Albany does not hold the parade on Sunday's.
Patty Louisiana, Director
Albany Veterans Day Parade (Nov. 13)