|My front entrance|
What an awful night I had. I woke up at 2:30 a.m. with my head pounding. I sat up for awhile until it let up some and then tried to sleep again. I slept for a little bit and woke up around 4:00 a.m. Head pounding again and feeling a little nauseous. I sat up for around half an hour and then took my thyroid medicine thinking I would just stay up. I thought of my sister leaving for work while I was sitting there fighting this headache. But instead of staying up, I fell asleep again. When I finally woke up my headache was better but it was 10:00 a.m.! Oh my! The parade starts around 10:30. I had to get a move on.
I had fallen asleep on the sofa, so I ran upstairs and got dressed. Then I grabbed a quick breakfast so that I could take the rest of my medicine and headed across the street where the parade route is. I have lived in this house for 36 years and think I've missed only 2 parades in all that time. Maybe one. So you see the parade is part of my life.
It was a perfect day for a parade: sunny, around 80*F (27*C) and a nice breeze blowing. I got there after the parade had started. My camera battery had died so before I left the house I began charging it. I was just standing there watching the parade and really wanted to take pictures. So I went back home, grabbed my phone, and started taking pictures with it.
|One of the string bands.|
|The Girl Scouts|
|The American Legion|
|The Police Fife and Drum Corps|
|Another string band. I tried to get a video of them, but with the sun I couldn't see what I was filming and it didn't turn out.|
|They came from Cinnaminson, New Jersey|
|The parade always ends with the fire engine.|
|And the police.|
|The Viet Nam Memorial Society is directly across from my house. Joe just joined the group a couple of months ago. They take veterans from all conflicts, not just Viet Nam.|
Around 3:00 p.m. there was a memorial service across the street for the fallen servicemen from their group. It was beautiful and touching.
The Irish Thunder group had come back to help with the ceremony. They played the songs of all the branches of service. Then several people read the names of those who lost their lives and a bell was rung after each one.
After that there was a gun salute and the bagpipes played "Amazing Grace" with a lone piper finishing and walking away by himself. It brought tears to my eyes.
For dinner I made barbecued pork chops, baked beans and potato salad. We had red, white and blue cupcakes for dessert.
Now it's back to real life and a busy week. It was good to have a day to relax. And about 8:00 p.m. the headache finally went away.