On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918, the armistice between Germany and the Allies came into effect, bringing an end to hostilities in World War I. One year later, President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed November 11th Armistice Day in honor of those who served, a tradition that continues to this day as Veterans Day in the United States.
Sunday afternoon was Louisville’s second annual Veterans Day Parade, held along Main Street between Fourth and Ninth streets. Participants included representatives from the Armed Forces, Sons of Confederate Veterans, Derby City Truck Club, the Kilroy Chapter of the Military Vehicle Preservation Association, and the Civil Air Patrol among others. Festivities began at 1:30 p.m. with a musical presentation at Ninth and Main, followed by a flyover of C-130s from the Kentucky Air National Guard at 2 p.m. to signal the start of the parade.
At the parade’s conclusion, groups including the Tuskegee Airmen, Montford Point Marines and the Order of the Purple Heart were given special recognition by the organizers of the event in front of the Frazier History Museum near the “40 et 8” boxcar honoring the Train de la Reconnaissance Française, provided by the Kentucky Railway Museum in New Haven, Ky. Representatives from UAW Local 862 and Ford also gave brief speeches honoring those who served in the United States armed services.
Representative John Yarmuth (D-Ky.) and Mayor Greg Fischer each spoke of the commitment Louisville had towards all of its veterans, from Humana’s goal of hiring 1,000 veterans – with 900 already hired -- to the University of Louisville’s helping veteran students make a smooth transition from military to student life. The celebration then came to a close with a performance of “Sentimental Journey” by vocal group The Ladies of Liberty.
Photos: Louisville.com/Cameron Miquelon.