The traditional Veterans Day Parade stepped off at 10:30 this morning with a long line of bands, veterans and active duty members of the military. Bill White was among those at the head of the parade. He served his country during the Korean War and says he is proud of his time in the army and of all the men and women who have served in the military. He says he is pleased that there is such a big parade in Pittsburgh. “The only problem I have, I wish that all the schools were closed today so that some of the students could attend,” says White, “I find a problem with the fact that schools can be closed for [other holidays] and not the Veterans day Parade. Without the veterans there would be no schools.”
General Peter Lennon of the 316th Sustainment Command in Coraopolis brought about 100 members of his unit to march in the parade. He says men and women in the military love to come to Pittsburgh because they are always well supported. He says this is a way for him to show respect for the city and to honor the vets that have come before him.
Along with the veterans and active members of the military the parade featured politicians, local high school marching bands and the Pittsburgh Firefighters Memorial Pipe Band.
Listen to a tune performed by the Pittsburgh Firefighters Memorial Pipe Band.