November 21, 2012

Airmen participate in Veteran’s Day Parade

Airman 1st Class Saphfire Cook
355th Fighter Wing Public Affairs

Airmen from D-M participated in the Veteran’s Day Parade, hosted by The American Legion Morgan McDermott Post 7, Nov. 12.

More than 100 Airmen contributed to the event in several capacities, including Honor Guard, the D-M Fire Department and a marching formation.

“I think it is important for us to maintain an image in the local community,” said Senior Airman Patrick Dunn, 355th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron. “It creates a positive relationship when we have a presence in events, especially when they’re directed towards the armed forces.”

Marching volunteers met on base at Heritage Park around 7 a.m. to run through drill and ceremony procedures before the actual parade.

“It felt great seeing the support of the local community as we marched through the downtown area,” said Tech. Sgt. Anthony Chambers, 355th Security Forces Squadron and coordinator of the formation that marched in the parade. “That level of support cements the fact that we made the right decision the day we joined the Air Force.”

The theme for this year’s parade was “Support Our Troops, United We Stand”.

“It is our honor as active duty Airmen to pay tribute to the veterans of our armed services,” said Chief Master Sgt. Dawna Cnota, 355th Fighter Wing command chief. “Marching in the parade is one small way we can say thank you to them for their service and sacrifice. I’d like to thank all the D-M Airmen for their participation and for providing such a proud and professional representation of our base and the U.S. Air Force.”

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Photo by Tech Sgt. Brian E. Christiansen, NC Air National Guard.

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