I was taken a bit by surprise today as I crossed over Veterans Bridge in Oil City prior to the parade and Veterans Day observance ceremony. There were hundreds of folks lining both sides of the bridge waving flags and holding signs.
The Oil City elementary school's took buses downtown, armed with red, white and blue things they made. Some made headbands with the names of the seven branches of the military, others made signs thanking veterans and so many of them waved flags and cheered as the small parade marched across the bridge.
The Oil City American Legion held its annual observance that culminated in a service at Central Plaza at 11 a.m. The parade left Justus Park on the city's Northside and processed over Veterans Bridge, stopping in the middle to toss a flower into the Allegheny before finishing up at the plaza.
The new Venango County Veterans Affairs officer Harry Whittemore gave the keynote speech. Memebrs of several area organizations took part including the V.E.T.S. Honor Guard, the Els and the Oil City Marching Band.
The plaza was filled with over 100 people, but the parade route was loaded and loaded with kids.
Below are a few more photos from the observance.
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