As we near the ending of the conflicts abroad and remember the anniversary of terrorist attacks on our country, American Legion Post 924 along with Keith-Holmes VFW Post 402 hosted a parade in Coraopolis to celebrate the many brave men and women who have honored us by their service.
Grand marshal for the parade was Sean Parnell, Afghanistan veteran and author.
The parade was on Saturday, Sept. 11, 2021, at 11 a.m.. in recognition of both active and non-active veterans who have served in all U.S. military operations since Sept. 11, 2001. We welcomed participation by any community or veterans groups who wished to show not only their respect, but also their gratitude, to all these brave individuals who gave of themselves to answer the call.
Our main focus for this parade was to honor not only all our military that have served but also first responders, select politicians, police and all veterans organizations that have supported and served our troops during these difficult times.
John F. Kennedy said it best in January 1961, “Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe to assure the survival and the success of liberty.”
As this war ends, let us reflect on those that paid the ultimate sacrifice. Those of all our citizens at the onset of Sept. 11, 2001, right up to the brave 13 souls lost at our exit. May they all rest in peace, and thank you for allowing us to honor all the heroes today.