|Members of the National Guard marching band lead the parade|
The streets of downtown Albany were lined on both sides by people numbering over 40,000 braving the cold morning in anticipation of the annual Veterans Day Parade on Thursday.
The parade started at the police station on Jackson St SE and followed a route that took it over the overpass on Pacific Highway, then right on Lyons, left on 2nd to Ferry St., left to 4th, ending at the Linn County courthouse at 300 3rd Ave. SW.
The parade was lead by a very large group of motorcyclists and was followed by the Army Band. Many thanks and cheers went out by the crowd to the men and women of the armed forces as each group marched by.
|A large group of motorcycles lead the parade|
Some of the high lights of this years parade were fly-by's from the Coast Guard with one of their HH-65C Dolphin helicopters and a fly-by of a F-15 Eagle from the 142nd Fighter Wing in Portland.
"I didn't see that one coming", one of the spectators said as the F-15 screamed overhead.
Local high school and middle school bands marched in the parade playing up-beat patriotic music. Each marching band as well as groups from military ROTC, The Boy and Girl Scouts of America, Civil War reenactment groups and other clubs and auxiliaries, were competing for ribbons and trophies that were presented after the parade's conclusion.
|F-15 from the 142nd Fighter Wing in Portland flew over Albany during the Veterans Day Parade|
"The is the second year in a row that we have won first place", stated Nicolas Anderson, a band member from North Albany Middle School.
|West Albany High School band march down Ferry Street|
|North Albany Middle School Varsity Band marches|
We must never forget that our freedom comes at a price and the service men and women of Albany has helped to insure that freedom.