Vets for Freedom (VFF) will be a new addition to this year’s parade. The details:
Parade 2007 – Hartford, CT’s 2007 Veterans Day Parade is orchestrated by the Greater Hartford Arts Council. Each year their work brings the response of attendees and participants from across Connecticut and throughout Massachusetts. An estimated 25,000 – 40, 000 viewers line the parade route and this year will be entertained and have their spirit of national pride lifted by some 40 Veterans groups, 25 marching bands, and 96 marching units made up of 3,5000 people from almost 50 Connecticut towns and cities.
The Veterans Day Parade this year will be held a full week ahead of the official National Veterans Day . The Veterans’ Day Parade in Hartford, CT, 2007 will beheld on Sunday, November 4 beginning at 1 p.m. in the downtown area. This year’s parade will feature government figures like Hartford Mayor Perez , small units from the CT. Sons of the American Revolution and more sizable marching bands from the University of Connecticut and University of New Haven Marching Band and Color Guard.
Drum and Fife and Pipe and Drum divisions will add variety to the musical offerings. Civic and business representatives will also provide some local interest and color .
Special Features. In addition to the large number of marching units and participants the Veterans’ Day Parade in Hartford, CT 2007 offers several special features . The crowd will have the opportunity to view parade participants who are also inductees into the CT Veterans’ Hall of Fame. Those attending will find the parade all the more memorable for as everyone comes to attention for a shared moment of silence, the tolling of the Center Church Bell, the singing of the national anthem and a climactic A-10 flyover.
The Veterans’ Day Parade in Hartford, CT in 2007 may well resemble other parades of other years, but this year there are a number of Connecticut units home from overseas duty in Afghanistan and Iraq. The opportunity to honor those newest veterans is likely to be sufficient to swell the customarily large crowds and to raise everyone’s consciousness of how much we truly owe to those who take up the uniform and the flag in the name of peace and democracy.
Pic: 2006 parade with Governor’s Horse Guards in the vanguard.
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