By Academy Spirit staff
Air Force Academy participants joined forces with many local military members and civilians alike who turned out to salute returning Fort Carson fighting men and women Saturday in Downtown Colorado Springs.
The Red, White and Brave parade drew an estimated 40,000 spectators lining downtown streets and sporting American flags.
Marching in the parade was the base Honor Guard and Cadet Squadron 38, which represented the Academy’s Cadet Wing. Varsity cheerleaders and mascot “The Bird” also marched and handed out Falcon T-shirts to spectators. Thirty-four cadet athletes also supported the event by escorting dignitaries.
The 10th Air Base Wing’s fire department displayed its vintage fire truck “REO Speed Wagon.”
Military and firefighting vehicles, floats, marching servicemembers and bands also joined in to thank veterans for their dedication and service to our nation as a squadron of World War II vintage aircraft soared overhead.
The last “Welcome Home” parade was in 2004. It is held in salute to America’s warriors, whether they have served, are currently serving or will serve in the future. Some Soldiers and Airmen have experienced two or more deployments in support of operations in southwest Asia.
Funding for this year’s parade came largely from donations.