Veterans Day is Nov. 11. It’s the day set aside to recognize and honor all those who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces, in wartime and in peace.

The Town of Parker recognized Veterans Day with a parade down Joshua Avenue. Following the Tim Edwards Parade Route, it started at 18th Street and Joshua Avenue and made its way to 12th Street, where it took a left turn and disbanded at the Parker Community/Senior Center.

The parade began with a color guard from Freeman H. Sharp American Legion Post 70 and the playing of “The Star Spangled Banner.”  Many of the floats featured patriotic or military themes. The songs of the branches of the Armed Forces, Army, Navy, Coast Guard, Air Force and Marine Corps, were played over the loudspeakers.

The announcer for the parade was Randy Hartless.

Following the parade, there was a Veterans Celebration at the BlueWater Resort & Casino. There were speakers, special performances, and the Marine Corps birthday cake ceremony. There was also a cake decorating contest, with $100 going to the top cake with a Veterans Day theme.

On Veterans Day itself, Monday, Nov. 11, there were ceremonies at the Colorado River Indian Tribes’ Cemetery and the Parker Cemetery.

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