MEMORIAL DAYMemorial Day, a solemn day to remember and honor all the Service Men and Women who gave their lives in defense of our country. There has been so many parades, events and activities to honor our fallen Military since Thursday. Each city, town and village in the Greater Capital Region has some wonderful event. Today we headed into Albany for that city's parade. It was a bit cloudy, breezy and cool; but in my opinion it is perfect weather for watching a parade.
We took are usual place on the State Capital lawn across from the State Education Building. Albany P.D. Mounted Unit and the Color Guard heading up the parade.
The retired Military Vehicles transported the Grand Marshall, Veterans and Gold Star Mothers to the reviewing stand.
This parade is a little smaller than the Veterens' Day parade; since there is so much going on around every one has to share the talent. Luckily the The City of Albany Bagpipe Band has enough members to attend many events.
Rensselaer has their parade on Sunday so that freed up The Yankee Doodle Band to preform; but they are very busy this holiday weekend with many preferences.
Jubilee Fife and Drum Corps from Coxsackie.
Of course Albany's new Tulip Queen, but at lease she is with the Marines and the Toys for Tots program.
Albany High School Marching Band.
There were only three school marching bands for this parade. Again with so much happening everyone has to share.
But many of the VFW Posts and other Veterans' groups marched.
And some local re-enactors.
CBA and Mohonasen Completed the musical line up.
It is always easiest to park on Madison Avenue and walk across the South Mall (Empire State Plaza) for the parade. On our way back to the car we found this little fella who decided to sleep in on this Memorial Day.
We stopped for a little lunch and then headed home to enjoy the rest of the day.
A look at The National Cemetery in Saratoga