On Saturday, November 10, 2012, I brought my son, Jerry Wu to the 3rd annual Virginia’s Veterans Parade in Downtown Roanoke. It was our third time in the parade. First, we arrived at 9:00am for check-in–our number was 24, then we went around Williamson Road to take some pictures with attendees, military and non-military. The parade participates decorated their car or truck with many flags, you see flags everywhere. Jerry and I were in a walking group, behind William Byrd High School Band and before Boys Scouts Group. Jerry wore American flag T-shirt and pants, I wore a “Fire Cracker” costume with a giant American hat, and carried a basket with flags and flowers on it.
The parade started at 11:00am. Beginning at Elemwood Park toward downtown. When we walked in the street both sides’ attendees waved to us and heard Mayor David Bowers called our name “Annie and Jerry”. Then we walked past the stage and I heard the M.C. on the air say “Now, it is number 24, Annie Lin”. I saluted to the veterans. I really like to do it. the stage people stood up too. It was a incredible moment for my life, and I thank you Jerry who walked with me. he did a great job for our veterans.
I saw Bill Van Thiel, he is administrator at Virginia Veterans Care Center. He said “Annie, I will put your picture somewhere.” Jerry was tired, but we had a great time. I can’t wait for next year. Please come with us. You may apply at http://www.virginiasveteransparade.org/
See you at the 2013 parade.
Submitted by Annie Lin