Sunday, November 11, 2007

Veterans Day Parade New York City

I went to the Veterans Day Parade today and had a great time. My father and his brother both served in the U.S. Army. Two of my mother's three brothers served in active duty in Viet Nam, one was a paratrooper and the other was in the jungles. I want to thank all of our wonderful men and women in the U.S. Armed Forces past and present for their unselfish and dedicated service to our nation.

It was a truly memorable parade. You couldn't help but get a lump in your throat and a tear in your eye watching those brave men and women go by. The bands, the drums, the soldiers old and young. It always get me right in the chest.

Here are slide shows

Unfortunately at the last minute the anti-war groups 'Veterans for Peace' and the 'Abraham Lincoln Brigades' were allowed to march. And of course they brought along one of their trademark flag-draped coffins. As much I sincerely appreciate their service to our country, I don't want to see coffins. Here is a brief slide show of their presence today.

For my photos of the 2008 New York City Veterans Day Parade,

please click here.

For the 2009 New York City Veterans Day Parade, please click here.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Excellent pics...thanks for posting them.

November 11, 2007 4:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great photos. Thanks for your service in honoring our brave men and women in the service.

November 11, 2007 5:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Outstanding job! Got any more?

November 11, 2007 5:29 PM  
Blogger Urban Infidel said...

Thank you all very much!

It was a wonderful parade.

I do have more photo and slide shows coming up so please stay tuned.

November 11, 2007 5:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh this is so Good!
I'm not an American, and your pics made my eyes wet.
Seeing Freedom Fighters, from any land, makes my heart feel bigger, happy, proud. And that parade was filled with Freedom Fighters and their admirers (the people on the sidewalks, the police, etc.).
God bless you for making all this accesible to the public!
Miguel. :)

November 11, 2007 5:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

all gave some


November 11, 2007 5:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


I wish I could have been there with you. Being there must make your heart feel like it's going to burst out of your chest with pride. Your pics alone accomplished that for me. Thank you.

These vets are the giants standing among us.

I especially liked the feeling in your very first picture. What a fine old gentleman! Picture twelve gave me pause ...what I see in his eyes, his face...

You've done a wonderful job on these pictures! Thanks so much for sharing them with us.

November 11, 2007 5:43 PM  
Blogger Urban Infidel said...

Thanks, pink freud!

I got very choked up at one point early on in the parade. My chest welled up with love and appreciation for everything that our soldiers, marines, coast guard, sailors and airmen do for us every day.

We owe them everything.

November 11, 2007 5:50 PM  
Blogger Sarah said...

Those just are amazing pictures. Thank you for posting them and I look forward to your slideshow

November 11, 2007 6:04 PM  
Blogger WomanHonorThyself said...

absolutely stunning girl!..wish I coulda been with u too!...wowza!

November 11, 2007 6:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Those pictures were so moving and beautiful....thanks.

Thank you to all the men and women of United States Military....for my wonderful life.

November 11, 2007 7:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey there No Sub - this is truly outstanding work and I left a longer message for you on LGF's Veteran's Day thread.
Just fine work - I wish I could've been back at my old "Home Town" cause even though I can no longer march, I ceratinly would have wanted to be there with my fellow Vietnam Vets and to sit and watch the parade.
Thanks again.

November 11, 2007 7:38 PM  
Blogger Tony Allen said...

As usual, a nice job. It reminded me that I needed to call my parents, who are both veterans.

Thank you for your homage to those who came back and for those many who didn't.

Although I have never considered myself an uber-patriot, I do get chocked up as I describe to my daughter in a way that she can understand, the sacrifice made by people who gave it all so that we could have so much.

November 11, 2007 8:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Very nice pictures, Urban. The old fellas especially get to me. You know, the ones who fought WW2 in the bitter cold at the Battle of the Bulge and the Hurtgen Forest (sans umlaut), or like my grand-uncle Howard who was a medic, shot in both legs after surrendering to the SS at the Malmady. He was one of the lucky ones that survived. He went on to work as a salesman for Singer Corp. But I digress...

November 11, 2007 9:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for the photos there fanatastic, but I was on the CUNY veterans float and was hoping to see some pics. Thanks for your support

November 11, 2007 10:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Excellent work!

You did an outstanding job of capturing the spirit of the parade!


November 12, 2007 7:27 AM  
Blogger BabbaZee said...

excellent pictures

November 12, 2007 10:39 AM  
Blogger defiant_infidel said...

Sweet UI, you and your incredible, talented eye make me feel like I was there!

Every...single... time... I view your amazing photos you have me raining on my keyboard. I will, of course, link to this with pride and honor! God bless your strength, your heart and your commitment!

November 13, 2007 8:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nice job UI, as always.

November 17, 2007 10:41 PM  
Blogger HappyLibertarian said...

UI, your photojournalism once again is outstanding. You very well captured what I'm sure was the feeling of the day - pride and thanksgiving for what these men and women (and the millions of others over the years) have done so that we can remain a free and good nation. What a mix of emotions, though! I'm feeling both great pride and great sadness at the same time. Pride in these men and women, and sadness for those who gave their lives.

realwest, thank you for your service!

And, thank you to anyone and everyone else who has served our country. As the son of a Vietnam vet (who was also in during Korea, but didn't see action there), and the grandson of a WWII vet (in the Canadian Forces), I am thankful to everyone who served so that our nation would remain free.

God Bless our Troops, and God Bless America!

November 19, 2007 12:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Unfortunately at the last minute the anti-war groups 'Veterans for Peace' and the 'Abraham Lincoln Brigades' were allowed to march" - wow, god forbid someone want to practice the freedom of speech these guys fought you see the faulty line of thinking in that statement???

November 25, 2007 2:44 AM  
Blogger Urban Infidel said...

nathan hale, jr.-

Please read what I said which was that I appreciate ALL those who served but I did not like the coffin that that anti-war marchers brought to the parade. Neither did many others that were there.

It also might interest you to know that I was assaulted by an anti-war organizer at West Point for taking photos as well as being threatened and shoved by the same people at other demonstrations.


November 25, 2007 9:57 AM  
Blogger Captain USpace said...

UI Incredible! Just an amazing job putting together this moving and colorful tribute to our fighting men and women. God bless them! This will go in my 'Favorite Posts' list. Thank you for this.

absurd thought -
God of the Universe says
don't be thankful for freedom

December 04, 2007 6:55 PM  
Blogger beakerkin said...


I am still in San Diego on this West Coast tour. Oddly, the folks in VT want me to return. I thought it odd that there were rumors of my return to VT without a job offer.

I was watching Pelicans on a beach at Dana Point.

At least this travel is over for now. The last time they can move me is for a two week class.My priority is very low and I have zero interest. I may be mandated to return to GA this June

December 15, 2007 11:46 AM  
Blogger Capt. Edward S. Isaacs said...

Cool photographs. I've added your blog to my favorites.

January 10, 2008 11:20 PM  

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