09 November 2012
Col. Allan J. Darden Sr., USAG Fort Detrick commander, delivers the keynote address at the Brunswick, Md., Veterans Day Parade Nov. 4
Brunswick Celebrates 80th Veterans Day Parade

Hundreds of people came out in the brisk fall air to salute our veterans and Armed Forces as Brunswick, Md., hosted the longest running Veterans Day parade in the state Nov. 4. A horse cavalry, fife and drum corps, military units, marching bands and more were part of this time-honored tradition.

Col. Alan J. Darden, commander of the United States Army Garrison Fort Detrick, was keynote speaker for the event, and led the crowd in a collective "thank you" to all of those who have served in the military.

"I have to thank all of those who came before me," said Darden. "If it was not for those individuals, I would not be standing here today."

Wendell M. Stewart, a 91-year-old World War II U.S. Army veteran served as grand marshal of the parade, and Ms. Greta Friedman of Frederick, Md., the woman made famous in the 1945 Life magazine photo as the nurse kissing the sailor in the streets of New York on V-J Day, served as parade marshal.

"That kiss has probably lasted the longest time ever and will continue to last," said Friedman.

In addition to Darden's keynote address, he and Command Sgt. Maj. Cassandra Redd took part in the parade as they greeted the crowds along the parade route. Fort Detrick also provided a Color Guard unit during the opening ceremony.

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