Founders’ Day Parade – Aberdeen, Washington

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Yesterday I drove the motorhome the 22 miles from Ocean City to Aberdeen, Washington.


A local told me that during World War II, only two places were off-limits to military personnel, San Francisco, California and Aberdeen, Washington.


To read the interesting history about Aberdeen, click this link…,_Washington

Aberdeen is located at the eastern end of Grays Harbor as seen in the below Google earth image. The V marks the VFW…my current location.

As always you may left click upon an image to see an enlarged view and then click once again to see an even larger view…
Upon arrival, I parked the motorhome behind VFW Post #224…
Here’s the usual dinette window photo….
I visited Aberdeen last week, stopped by the VFW and got recruited to march in the Founders’ Day Parade. Here’s the parade poster…
At 8:30 Am, I went inside the VFW post and had breakfast. At number of the other volunteer marchers were doing the same. 48 Killed In Action (KIA) banners had been removed from the wall so they could be carried in the parade…
Since I was a stranger in town, Jim Daley, a 10 year past commander of the post and a 22 year U.S. Marine Veteran drove me over to the parade beginning location…
The next few photos show other early arrivals…
Finally other VFW folks started arriving. The posters were passed around. This is the one I carried…
The is Jim Daley’s car which was in the parade. Jim stand by the driver’s door…
A number of young folks carried banners…
A few more minutes to go…
A future Marine carried a banner…
Gold Star Mothers Shelly and Sally (and others) carried banners of their KIA sons…
The parade was led by the Police Swatmobile donated to the city as Army surplus…
Just about ready to start. The banner carriers were at the head of the parade directly behind the Honor Guard…
Here we go…
The parade was about 3/4 mile long. The people clapped, cheered and yelled “Thank You”. At mid-point we stopped at the reviewing stand where a lady announced about the KIA banners. Taps was played on a bugle and I found myself close to tears…
At the end of the parade the banners were collected…
The back of a VFW Post #224 jacket…
Lots more parade to come, but by that time I had to pee so bad I beat feet back to the VFW Post…
I thank the friendly folks from VFW Post #224 for inviting me to join their parade. It was the first parade I had ever had the opportunity to march in and found it to be a very satisfying and emotional experience. I’m planning to depart Aberdeen next Wednesday.
I hope you enjoyed the photos!

 Yesterday was mostly cloudy and 65 degrees. Forecast for today is mostly cloudy and 67 degrees.

Enjoying nice weather is another joy in the life of a full-time RVer!

The red dot on the below map shows my approximate location in the State of Washington. You may double left-click the map to make it larger…


Enjoying 65-75 degree temperatures with low humidity most of the year is a primary joy in the RVing lifestyle!

“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving”…Albert Einstein


My current travel rig is a 2006 Fleetwood 26′ Class A Motorhome and a towed 1986 Ford Bronco II, Eddie Bauer Model. This photo was taken in the desert at Slab City near Niland, California…


On October 27, 2012, I created a two-minute video titled America The Beautiful. The music America The Beautiful is by Christopher W. French. The photos, which I randomly selected, are from the states of Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Montana, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Tennessee, Washington and West Virginia (not shown in that order)…are mine. Yup, That’s me standing in front of the Post Office in Luckenbach, Texas…Y’all!

Click this link to start the video. Make sure you have your speakers turned on and go to full screen asap.

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