25ID supports local Veterans Day parades

| November 15, 2013 | 1 Comment
WAIANAE — The 25th Infantry Division Band leads the 31st annual Waianae Veterans Day Parade along its route from the Waianae Boat Harbor to the Waianae Mall, here, Nov. 2. The parade is organized annually by the Waianae Military Civilian Advisory Board and is intended to foster good relations between the local civilian population and military station on the island. (Photo by Sgt. Daniel Johnson, 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs, 25th Infantry Division)

WAIANAE — The 25th Infantry Division Band leads the 31st annual Waianae Veterans Day Parade along its route from the Waianae Boat Harbor to the Waianae Mall, here, Nov. 2. The parade is organized annually by the Waianae Military Civilian Advisory Board and is intended to foster good relations between the local civilian population and military station on the island. (Photo by Sgt. Daniel Johnson, 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs, 25th Infantry Division)

Sgt. Daniel Johnson
2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs
25th Infantry Division

WAIANAE — More than 20 organizations, including the 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division and Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps cadets, participated in a Veterans Day parade, here.

This was the 31st consecutive year of participation. The 25th ID Band provided live music at the head of the parade, immediately following the color guard.

WAHIAWA — Soldiers from 325 Brigade Support Battalion, 3rd Bde. Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, march in the Wahiawa Veterans Day Parade, here, Nov. 11. (Photo by Sgt. Brian Erickson, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division Public Affairs)

WAHIAWA — Soldiers from 325 Brigade Support Battalion, 3rd Bde. Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, march in the Wahiawa Veterans Day Parade, here, Nov. 11. (Photo by Sgt. Brian Erickson, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division Public Affairs)

Although Veterans Day was observed Monday, the annual parade on Oahu’s west coast got an early start Nov. 2. It was the first Veterans Day parade on Oahu this year, viewed by hundreds of onlookers lining Farrington Highway between the harbor and the mall. The parade ran approximately 1 mile.

Twenty-four organizations, including more than 500 JROTC cadets from 11 schools participated in the parade, said Rocky Naeole, chairman of the Waianae Military Civilian Advisory Council (WMCAC).

“This is to show our community that we live in a great nation supported by the military,” said Naeole.

“We’re excited to be here and support the local community,” said Sgt. Brandon Holt, infantryman, 1st Battalion, 21st Infantry Regiment, 2nd SBCT. “I enjoy meeting new people and letting them see who we are as people, and not just as Soldiers.”

More than 500 JROTC cadets march in the 31st annual Waianae Veterans Day Parade, Nov. 2.  (Photo by Sgt. Daniel Johnson, 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs, 25th Infantry Division)

More than 500 JROTC cadets march in the 31st annual Waianae Veterans Day Parade, Nov. 2. (Photo by Sgt. Daniel Johnson, 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs, 25th Infantry Division)

Members of the Koa Puna Motorcycle Club acted as road guards for the parade, shutting down the highway for about an hour, using their motorcycles to block side streets as the parade progressed.

“These events brought the community and the military together to get to know one another,” said Albert Silva, a member of the Royal Order of Kamehameha. “Whatever we can do together is important.”

Following the parade, Soldiers of 2nd SBCT opened Stryker vehicles for members of the community to explore.

The tradition of the parade began 31 years ago when the WMCAC was founded between the local civilian population and military stationed on Oahu.

 

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  1. Mona Shigekane says:

    Hi there,
    I am a parent coordinator from Nanaikapono Elementary School in Nanakuli. This past weekend I attended a Preschool Fair hosted by Kamehameha Schools in Nanakuli.
    Waianae Coast Early Childhood Services shared a pamphlet “Parents a Child’s First and Most Important Teacher!” developed by Bill Punini Prescott.
    I was wondering how I could acquire more copies to share with our parents here at Nanaikapono.
    If someone could call me I’d appreciate it very much.

    Mahalo,
    mona

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