Thursday, November 12, 2009

Veterans' Day

San Jose had a big parade yesterday to honor all military veterans. Alice waved at a fellow pilot, Elsie, who was playing drums for the Los Gatos and Monte Sereno Pipe Band. Can't have a military parade without bagpipes and drums.
Alice only saw one dog marching. Here it is complete with a military jacket!
The train float remembering the "40 and 8" train carriages of WWI reminded Alice of her friend Ralph Smith who was placed into one of them most recently configured for 8 horses (instead of for 40 patients) after he was blown into a shell hole during WWI. Alice can still hear him describing that day and showing her the visible wounds on one of his hands.
Ralph always drank a glass of port every November 11th. Every Armistice Day. Remembering all those who died. A toast of port to Ralph and all the others.