By Staff Sgt. Stacy Foster
50th Space Wing Public Affairs
As they marched down Tejon Street in downtown Colorado Springs, the cheers from the nearby crowds made the men and women of the 50th Space Wing march a little taller and with a little more pride in their hearts.
“The community support shown to our military gives us all an overwhelming sense of pride and we all appreciate those who attended and participated in this year’s parade,” said Col. Wayne Monteith, 50th Space Wing commander.
Five 32-person flights represented Team Schriever …three from the 50th Space Wing, led by Colonel Monteith, and two from the Space Innovation and Development Center, led by Col. Robert Wright, SIDC commander.
The 2009 Colorado Springs Veterans Day Parade included more than 100 participants from the local military and civilian communities. The parade began on the corner of Tejon and St. Vrain Streets, marching south on Tejon, and ending on the corner of Tejon and Vermijo Avenue.
There were marching bands, motorcycles, floats and veterans, vehicles and equipment from the past and present represented, some from conflicts dating back to World War II.
“It was great to see so many veterans of different generations represented in this parade, it was truly a humbling experience and Team Schriever is proud to have been a part of that.” said Colonel Monteith.
The crowd enjoyed the sights and sounds of the U.S. Air Force Academy, Fort Carson, and local high school bands, each playing military service tunes and some even playing dance songs to get the crowds moving.
As salutes, smiles and waves were exchanged, the respect and admiration for veterans past, present and future emanated throughout the streets of downtown Colorado Springs.