Veteran’s Day Parade

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The Mesquite Color Guard lead the Veteran’s Day Parade to honor those who fought to defend our country, the American symbol for success, righteousness and sovereignty and all the people who stand for it in their pursuit of life, liberty and happiness. Before the parade began the United States Air Force treated the crowd to a flyover of two of their fighter jets out of Nellis Air Force Base.

Bringing up the rear of the parade were the men and women who protect and serve Mesquite on a more local level, the Mesquite Police and Fire Departments. MPD made quite a show of their tactical vehicle displaying to the crowd all the ‘bells and sirens’ it was equipped with.

In the middle of the previous were 40 additional entries, human, canine and equine, which included several different groups of veterans, City Council members and a large number of those who just wanted to thank and honor them. The Salt Lake City Shriners with their mini bikes, go cart and clowns were especially entertaining to the crowd.

You can view a slideshow of the 2016 Mesquite Veteran’s Day Parade Photos here: https://youtu.be/q1TqdcDW6qA

A group of women veterans from Las Vegas joined the rest of Mesquite in honoring those who served in the 2016 Mesquite Veteran’s Day Parade. Photo by Teri Nehrenz

A group of women veterans from Las Vegas joined the rest of Mesquite in honoring those who served in the 2016 Mesquite Veteran’s Day Parade. Photo by Teri Nehrenz

Sparkle Dance Team members were twirling batons and marching in the parade but these lucky two cuties rode and waved to the crowds who stood watching the 2016 Veteran’s Day Parade. Photo by Teri Nehrenz

Sparkle Dance Team members were twirling batons and marching in the parade but these lucky two cuties rode and waved to the crowds who stood watching the 2016 Veteran’s Day Parade. Photo by Teri Nehrenz

Mark Guertin has the high honor of escorting Ms. Senior Mesquite 2016, Jean Hardman, in the Veteran’s Day Parade. Photo by Teri Nehrenz

Mark Guertin has the high honor of escorting Ms. Senior Mesquite 2016, Jean Hardman, in the Veteran’s Day Parade. Photo by Teri Nehrenz

Mr. Las Vegas himself walked in the 2016 Mesquite Veteran’s Day Parade.  It wasn’t Wayne Newton, it was his former horse which carries the same name.  The horse is now owned by trail-rider, Tim Orrell.  Photo by Teri Nehrenz

Mr. Las Vegas himself walked in the 2016 Mesquite Veteran’s Day Parade. It wasn’t Wayne Newton, it was his former horse which carries the same name. The horse is now owned by trail-rider, Tim Orrell. Photo by Teri Nehrenz

Do it Best Corporation traveled with employees and their family stating, “We love our Veterans.” Photo by Teri Nehrenz

Do it Best Corporation traveled with employees and their family stating, “We love our Veterans.” Photo by Teri Nehrenz

Patriotic spectators line Mesquite Blvd. waiting for their favorite Veteran’s Day Parade vehicles to drive by. Photo by Teri Nehrenz

Patriotic spectators line Mesquite Blvd. waiting for their favorite Veteran’s Day Parade vehicles to drive by. Photo by Teri Nehrenz

Uncle Sam rides a big wheel bike in the 2016 Mesquite Veteran’s Day Parade. Photo by Teri Nehrenz

Uncle Sam rides a big wheel bike in the 2016 Mesquite Veteran’s Day Parade. Photo by Teri Nehrenz

Ms. America International, Tracy Rodgers, Rides in celebration and honor of Veteran’s all over in the 2016 Mesquite Veteran’s Day Parade. Photo by Teri Nehrenz

Ms. America International, Tracy Rodgers, Rides in celebration and honor of Veteran’s all over in the 2016 Mesquite Veteran’s Day Parade. Photo by Teri Nehrenz

Mesquite Police Mobile S.W.A.T. vehicle was a big hit of the parade with the officers showing off all of it’s ‘bells and sirens’. Photo by Teri Nehrenz

Mesquite Police Mobile S.W.A.T. vehicle was a big hit of the parade with the officers showing off all of it’s ‘bells and sirens’. Photo by Teri Nehrenz

The 2016 Mesquite Veteran’s Day Parade Grand Marshall, Retired Marine Corp. Captain T.J. Richardson and his escort. Photo by Teri Nehrenz

The 2016 Mesquite Veteran’s Day Parade Grand Marshall, Retired Marine Corp. Captain T.J. Richardson and his escort. Photo by Teri Nehrenz

Council members Craig Hafen and George Rapson mount their steeds and get a good feel for the saddles before the start of the 2016 Mesquite Veteran’s Day Parade. Photo by Teri Nehrenz

Council members Craig Hafen and George Rapson mount their steeds and get a good feel for the saddles before the start of the 2016 Mesquite Veteran’s Day Parade. Photo by Teri Nehrenz

Jenny Bennett and the Virgin Valley Elementary School Choir marched and sang patriotic songs to honor those who served during the 2016 Mesquite Veteran’s Day Parade. Photo by Teri Nehrenz

Jenny Bennett and the Virgin Valley Elementary School Choir marched and sang patriotic songs to honor those who served during the 2016 Mesquite Veteran’s Day Parade. Photo by Teri Nehrenz

Mesquite’s oldest WWII woman veteran, 98 year old Anna Murphy, is driven down Mesquite Blvd. by Deena Neal in the 2016 Mesquite Veteran’s Day Parade.  Murphy will be 99 years old in Dec. Photo by Teri Nehrenz

Mesquite’s oldest WWII woman veteran, 98 year old Anna Murphy, is driven down Mesquite Blvd. by Deena Neal in the 2016 Mesquite Veteran’s Day Parade. Murphy will be 99 years old in Dec. Photo by Teri Nehrenz

 

 

Two fighter jets out of Nellis Air Force Base treated the crowd to a flyover before the start of the 2016 Veteran’s Day Parade. Photo by Teri Nehrenz

Two fighter jets out of Nellis Air Force Base treated the crowd to a flyover before the start of the 2016 Veteran’s Day Parade. Photo by Teri Nehrenz

Dave Bennett and children ride in the back of the pickup representing the Mesquite Chamber of Commerce in the 2016 Mesquite Veteran’s Day Parade. Photo by Teri Nehrenz

Dave Bennett and children ride in the back of the pickup representing the Mesquite Chamber of Commerce in the 2016 Mesquite Veteran’s Day Parade. Photo by Teri Nehrenz

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