RUSKIN: Veterans Day Parade

Published on: November 14, 2018

40th Veterans Day Parade brings huge crowds

Rebeckah Paquin of Wimauma gets another strand of beads from a kewe member.

This year there were 56 organizations represented at the 40th Veterans Day Parade that strolled down U.S. 41 in Ruskin last Saturday, Nov. 10. The parade is sponsored by VFW Post 6287 in Ruskin. 

Six veterans’ groups, seven scout troops, four school marching bands, nine business and nonprofit groups, the Church of God in Wimauma, Fraternal Order of Eagles, two American Legion posts, 10 area pirate krewes, three grand marshals and the Buddy Poppy King and Queen participated. The Lennard High School JROTC carried the colors for the VFW.

For more information about VFW Post 6287, call Lois McBride at 813-634-2315.

Children love to collect beads.

East Bay High School JROTC.

This year there were three Grand Marshalls for the 40th Veterans Day Parade. Above is Ernest Rabineau, 94, a U.S. Army veteran and life member of VFW Post 3676 in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich.

At left, the Eisenhower Middle School band brass section marches on. Below, left, Lennard High School JROTC carried the colors at the kick off of the parade.

The parade was obviously entertaining for all ages as demonstrated by 8-month-old Nora Hartzog of Ruskin.
At right, the Lennard HIgh School longhorn mascot led the school’s band in the parade.