The Boise Veterans Day Parade Committee's self-described intent is to "honor veterans of the Armed Forces of the United States of America, by extending written invitations to all military organizations and veterans organizations, and selected universities, colleges, high schools, junior high schools, and youth and civic organizations from all communities in the Boise Area, who, on their agreement to adhere to the parade theme and other parade regulations established by the committee, will be encouraged to enter marching bands and/or other appropriate marching or vehicle units in the parade so that through their participation in the parade and support of the parade theme they will honor the service and sacrifice of both serving members and veterans of the Armed Forces of the United States of America, and at the same time heighten community awareness of the value of military service to the nation."
Our hats are off to them as this year's parade was superb. Mother Nature obliged with sunny blue skies and a light chill to the air. Plenty of families turned out to line curbs and parking lots all along the parade route. Children happily waved American flags as local politicians, Armed Forces groups, school marching bands and combat vehicles (old and new) wended past them, some showering handfuls of candy to the youngsters.
The parade was a right and fitting tribute to those who have served, or are serving, in this country's Armed Forces.