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2008 Parade of Thanks
May 17, 2008
The third annual Parade of Thanks capped a week of events during Armed Forces Week. Falling on Saturday, May 17th, Armed Forces Day, the Parade started at Franklin Square in Houghton and ended at S. Lincoln Drive in Hancock.
 
A mixed group of Service personnel make up the Color Guard. The American Flag, proudly displayed. This year’s Grand Marshal was Neil Isaacson, who was blinded and badly wounded in Vietnam. A lone Sailor represents the U.S. Navy . A Michigan Tech R.O.T.C. Unit.
Local high School R.O.T.C. Units. Another R.O.T.C. Color Guard. A local Boy Scout Unit. Members of the VFW Post 6165, Chassell.
The Fleet Reserves Unit, Copper Country. The Lake Superior Drum and Bagpipe Corps. One of the man colorful floats promoting support for our Armed Forces. Keweenaw Detachment 1016, Marine Corps League.
The Forgotten Eagles Float (and a large contingent of cycles in the Parade). The Mattila Family, who had seven sons serve in the Armed Forces (and who would serve as Parade Marshalls in 2009). A High School Marching Band. Another colorful float.
This sign reminds us, that the Calumet and Baraga Companies, Michigan National Guard, will again be deployed to combat duty overseas in August, their second combat tour in three years. Our thoughts and prayers go with them. A group provides music for the parade watchers. The Calumet Elks Club float, always supporting our troops. This entry reminds us of the support the Medical Corps gives our troops.
This family had a member currently serving overseas in combat. Another family with loved ones serving. Just a part of the many fire Departments lending their support to Armed Forces Week observances. The Parade, and other events, were organized by the Keweenaw Care Corps.
             
           
 
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