|Posted by Robert VanderPlate on May 30, 2017 at 8:20 AM|
Well, another parade under our belts. I'm not sure how many of these we've done, but it's many! Last year's parade was cancelled due to rain, so I think they organizers were determined to make this one work. All together we had about 15 in our company which included the civilians. It wasn't raining while we waited to start, just a fine mist, but then as we started to march a drizzle set in and lasted the entire time. We loaded just as we stepped off - got around the block and fired our first round. From then on we loaded and rammed paper, then went to 'secure arms' in order to keep our powder dry. The parade was well attended and had a few new attendees - Ronald McDonald on a high unicycle was one, and a new tracked armored artillery piece of some sort was another. Our friends, the Bucktails, bagged out this time (not sure why - they gave me no notice) but we were fine on our own anyway. We stopped and fired about a dozen times before reaching the end, and when we passed by the reviewing stand, for the first time they actually got our unit right since the Bucktails weren't there. Lots of spectators and lots of applause after we fired. After a wet, but warm and long march, we got to the cemetary and started walking back to the American Legion for lunch. As always, they had a nice lunch for us and it was nice to sit and dry out a bit. About 12:30, the Chaplain, the Haltons, and I, were the last of our group to leave the Legion. Another 5 blocks to the car (or was it 20:P) and we were headed home. All in all, a good parade in spite of the rain. Looking forward to this years Remembrance Day Parade.
Capt. Bob VanderPlate