One of my favorite traditions in Tulsa is the annual Veterans Day parade.
My late grandfathers both served in World War II, and my sister-in-law serves as a doctor for the United States Air Force.
I love that our city goes all out to pay its respects to those who have served. It’s hard not to get a little misty-eyed seeing the brave men and women carrying flags on floats and shaking the hands of any veterans they see along the parade route.
I usually just grab my iPhone and shoot while watching like everyone else. This year, I grabbed one of our real cameras from the office so I could shoot a little better. (I’m no pro, but those of us who started out as community journalists know how to shoot our own pics in a pinch.)
Children waived flags and chanted “U-S-A” all along the parade route. I saw young Marines shaking the hands of older Marines. And I saw proud Muslim Americans marching to honor our country with their heads held high, despite any detractors.
I also saw dogs and Shriners driving tiny cars, which are some of my other favorite things about parades.