2nd Annual Veterans Parade Grows Its Audience
VETERANS Court Judge Patrick Dugan, parade announcer, talks with two veterans of the Battle of the Bulge, and Phil and Pat Bonner. The Bonners are members of the Committee to build a City Memorial to the Battle of the Bulge. By Joe Stivala
CITY Councilmen David Oh and Bill Greenlee, together with Veterans’ Commission members, admire the field jacket of Post 405 member Frank Brodsky, right. Brodsky wore the jacket while a soldier in Korea in 1952. Photo by Joe Stivala
CAPT. Louis Cavaliere, president of the Chapel of the Four Chaplains in the Navy Yard, tripled the turnout on their parade float this year. The chapel donated all chairs and tables for the VIP and ceremonial area. Cavaliere is a Post 405 member. Photo by Joe Stivala
MISSION Catering began on that fateful 9-11 day by veterans of all services to support active-duty men and women. The Army “Deuce and a Half” truck (2½ tons) delivers the top barbecue meals anywhere, and has fed numerous soldiers and sailors in our region at no charge. The truck visits high schools providing lunch and patriotic talks. Photo by Joe Stivala
JOE MASI, 95, of N.E. Phila., a hero of D-Day landings at Normandy, shares a moment with George Perez, who represented Congressman Bob Brady at the parade. Photo by Joe Stivala
HARRY Weimar, commander of Wildwood, N.J., American Legion Post 184, gets a congratulatory call from Wildwood Mayor Ernie Triano in support of its parade unit. Harry is also vice commander of a Vietnam Veterans of America post co-housed with the Legion in Wildwood. (ED. NOTE: Singer Bobby Rydell and Phila. Public Record correspondent Joe Stivala were inducted into the two posts last year for their service as combat engineers). Photo by Joe Stivala
PRINCE HALL Masons were very much in evidence supporting veterans, many of whom are their members. Photo by Wendell Douglas
THESE High School ROTC members carried replica of names of soldiers fallen in the Vietnam War. Photo by Wendell Douglas
BOY SCOUTS and Legionnaires carried flag down Market Street. Photo by Wendell Douglas
CONGRESSMAN Bob Brady’s Chief of Staff Stanley White and former Controller Jonathan Saidel represented Brady, who was in strike negotiations with SEPTA workers. Photo by Wendell Douglas.
MARTIN LUTHER KING High School ROTC cadets marched in cadence, bringing cheers from parade watchers.
SHERIFF of Phila. Jewell Williams was represented by a contingent of officers, many of them veterans. Photo by Wendell Douglas
DC 21 GLAZIERS Union members volunteered to restore this Vietnam-era helicopter to its original condition. Photo by Wendell Douglas
L-R: Col. Tim Williams, executive director, Veterans Multi-Service Center; Councilman David Oh; Rodney Little; and Councilman Bill Greenlee all enjoyed the 2nd annual Phila. Veterans Parade.
FROM L, Councilmen Bill Greenlee and David Oh attended the 2nd annual Veterans Parade in Center City. Here, they stand with the Hajdak-Mokan Chapter, 82nd Airborne Division Association. Oh is the only veteran currently serving on City Council.
MEMBERS of Navy League of the US Phila. Council getting ready to join the parade line at the Veterans’ Parade. Photo by Wendell Douglas
WITH Councilman Bill Greenlee were Sgt. Justin Wells, Post Commander Bill Denny and Willie Moore. Photo by Wendell Douglas
SUPREME Court Justice Kevin Dougherty and Common Pleas Judge Maria McLaughlin join the 1st Judicial Dist. unit in the Veterans’ Parade. Photo by Joe Stivala
TWO of the famed Tuskegee Airman of World War II were on hand for the 2nd annual Veterans’ Parade. These pilots of the first Black-American fighter squadron are thanked for their service by American Legion Post 405 members Albert El and Frank Brodsky. Photo by Joe Stivala
FORMER City Controller Jon Saidel marched in support of the Veterans’ Multi Service Center on N. 4th Street. He is with Col. Tim Williams, its director. The center spearheaded ending homelessness for all veterans in Phila. Saidel served as sergeant in the state National Guard. Williams is a Post 405 American Legion member. Photo by Joe Stivala
GEORGE Perez, military aide to Congressman Robert Brady, greets Veterans’ Parade benefactor Gerry Lenfest and lovely wife Marguerite. Capt. Lenfest was commanding officer of the USS Conway and served in naval intelligence. Perez is on the parade planning committee. Photo by Joe Stivala
TERRY Williamson, Veterans’ Parade director, is interviewed by Maj. Gen. Wesley Craig during live parade television coverage. Terry directs the Phila. Vietnam Memorial and Craig is a member of the Armed Services Council and Ben Franklin Post in Union League. Photo by Joe Stivala
POLICE OFFICER Gary Hartnett, C, who was grievously wounded by a would-be assassin in W. Phila. early this year, received a special citation for having served his country twice – in the military service as well as the Police Dept. Photo by Wendell Douglas