2nd SBCT celebrates V’Day in Waianae parade

| November 20, 2015 | 0 Comments
Cadets of Naval Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps from James Campbell High School, Ewa Beach, marched in the Veterans Day parade Nov. 7 in Waianae. Soldiers of the 2nd SBCT supported the Waianae Veteran's Day parade with a color guard, marching platoon and a Humvee.  (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Ian Ives, 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs/Released)

Cadets of Naval Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps from James Campbell High School, Ewa Beach, marched in the Veterans Day parade Nov. 7 in Waianae. Soldiers of the 2nd SBCT supported the Waianae Veteran’s Day parade with a color guard, marching platoon and a Humvee.

Story and photos by
Sgt. Ian Ives
2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs
25th Infantry Division

WAIANAE — Units of the 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, came together to form a marching platoon, color guard and provide a HMMWV for the 33rd Veterans Day parade, here, Nov. 7.

Soldiers of the 2nd Squadron, 14th Cavalry Regiment; the 1st Battalion, 21st Inf. Regt.; and the 1st Bn., 14th Inf. Regt., all in 2nd SBCT, drove to Waianae that Saturday morning to spend time in the local community and honor our veterans, past and present.

A marching platoon made up of Soldiers from multiple units of the 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, marched Nov. 7, during the Waianae Veteran's Day parade. Soldiers of the 2nd SBCT supported the Waianae Veterans day parade with a color guard, marching platoon and a Humvee. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Ian Ives, 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs/Released).

A marching platoon made up of Soldiers from multiple units of the 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, marched Nov. 7, during the Waianae Veteran’s Day parade.

The brigade has been the supporting the Waianae parade since the first one over 30 years ago in 1979.

This year, Sgt. 1st Class Jerome Macdonald, a native of Calgary, Canada, and the medical platoon sergeant for Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1-21st Inf. Regt., was designated as the noncommissioned officer in charge of the event.

“I think this has always been part of the military life and always will be,” said Macdonald. “We have to get off post and interact with the community. The community likes it because they can connect with us, whether they, or a loved one of theirs, has served.”

While the parade is mainly to honor veterans, it also serves to better relationships between Soldiers and civilians of the surrounding community.

Crowds of locals from Waianae gather in town Nov. 7, to watch the Veteran's Day parade. Soldiers of the 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, supported the Waianae Veteran's Day parade with a color guard, marching platoon and a Humvee. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Ian Ives, 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs/Released)

Crowds of locals from Waianae gather in town Nov. 7, to watch the Veteran’s Day parade.

“The purpose of this parade is to create awareness to the civilians of what our military does,” said Rocky Naeole, a retired Army veteran and the president of the Waianae Military Civilian Advisory Council. “This is also a chance for us to honor all Soldiers who help out with the community and spend their recreation time in Waianae.”

Naeole was in charge of coordinating the parade between the community and the 2nd SBCT. Through him, Macdonald was able to provide the necessary support for the parade.

“As far as coordination, working with the Waianae Military Civilian Advisory Council was easy,” said Macdonald. “The organization is very squared away. When I called, I was given all the correct information by the president with no problems.”

This day was a day to honor all service members, but, more importantly, to honor those who have fought in war to help maintain the freedom of our county.

Four Soldiers with the 1st Battalion, 14th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, as well as one Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corp cadet made up the color guard on Nov. 7, during the Waianae Veteran's Day parade. Soldiers of the 2nd SBCT supported the Waianae Veteran's Day parade with a color guard, marching platoon and a Humvee. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Ian Ives, 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs/Released).

Four Soldiers with the 1st Battalion, 14th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, as well as one Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corp cadet made up the color guard on Nov. 7, during the Waianae Veteran’s Day parade.

“Events such as these help remind civilians that we exist and that we are playing a major part in what happens in the world today,” said Macdonald. “We still have men and women in harm’s way, some who have made the ultimate sacrifice, so this is a way to honor and make people aware of what we do.”

The parade was an opportunity for Soldiers and civilians to share a common ground of honoring those who have fought for our country.

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