Thanks for the Ride, Frank!

10:30 AM —

Not so young retired members of the armed forces are already foot weary before the parade begins. The presence in the parade is still effective even if the mobility is a bit more mechanized. Along comes Frank Wilkens with the appropriate equipment and the problem is nicely solved and the presence of the color guard is still as effective and impressive.

Oh, and a trailer hitched behind the truck gave some of us a chance to follow close behind in the company of a very young lady chaperoned by her military father. I believe the last name is Hennings. At least we were convinced that there are those that respect us and are willing to continue where we had to leave off, retire or whatever.

The crowds along the way were great and convinced us that we are in a community we can be proud of and that shares that same feeling with those in the parade.

— A view from the parade

In Closing...

The WAVP Veterans Center honors the Veterans of yesterday, today and tomorrow. It recognizes and celebrates the sacrifice of those who served in past conflicts, those who serve today, and those whose service awaits them. These men and women and their families are ever mindful of the reality that freedom is not free. It is in this spirit that we build this very special home "Where Patriots Gather"