Women, all former Ms. Senior Citizens, at the Veterans Day Parade in Phoenix. Phoenix has one of the biggest Veterans Day parades in the US.
Today was my last full day in Phoenix. I head back to Bangkok on an early morning flight Tuesday and I'll spend the next 26 or 27 hours in airplanes and airports. Today was Veterans Day in the US, a day we honor those who have served in our nation's military. I went up and photographed the parade because I thought it would sort of close out my time in Phoenix. The first event I covered when I moved here in 1999 was Memorial Day services at the National Cemetery in north Phoenix so military themed holidays sort of bookended my time here.
A Vietnam era vet prepares to march in the parade.
It was a great day for a parade, the sort of November day that you can only enjoy in Phoenix. There wasn't a cloud in the sky and the temperature was in the 80's. Nearly perfect. I photographed the parade then rushed home to edit and finish packing.
There's a sense of finality about this trip to Bangkok. We're selling our house, Cathy is joining me in Asia as soon as it sells. I'm excited about returning to Bangkok, one of the world's great cities, but I'm also a little more nervous about it this time than I was last year when I went to Asia.