This past Wednesday – the 12th Anniversary of 9/11 – I had the privilege of observing the uncasing of the 4th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division’s colors.
As I watched the ceremony – as the brigade’s colors were unfurled - I was reminded of this Sunday’s upcoming parade.
I like parades. I enjoy the color and sound and sense of community and connection they offer.
Parades are a wonderful chance to honor a day or people or both.
On Sunday, the City of Lakewood does both.
At 9 we have the chance to honor the men and women of the 4th SBCT who wear the clothe of our country with a first class parade.
Beginning at the police station and ending near City Hall,
approximately 2000 Soldiers and their vehicles will participate. Afterwards, the community is invited to a celebration beginning at noon at Fort Steilacoom Park.
Not only does this parade honor the service and sacrifice of the Soldiers and their family members during their nine-month deployment to Afghanistan, but it also honors the connection Lakewood has to Joint Base Lewis-McChord in general and this brigade in particular.
Parades are about community and connections, and Sunday is
all about that. Please think about coming out for this event.