Columbia Veterans Day Parade, Nov. 10, 2013  

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Napalm explodes behind a Cobra Attack Helicopter hovering in front of thousands of spectators at an air and ground show at McEntire Army and Air National Guard Base in 2009. (Photo by WSM)

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Celebrate Freedom Foundation Participates in Columbia Veterans Day Parade

Columbia, S.C. (Nov. 10, 2013) — Celebrate Freedom Foundation’s “moving museum” — consisting of historic military vehicles and Cobra helicopters — participated in Columbia’s 35th Annual Veterans Day Parade on Saturday, Nov. 10.

Brig. Gen. Bradley Becker, commanding general at Fort Jackson, was the grand marshal.  He led the parade of military vehicles (including Celebrate Freedom Foundation’s vehicles and helicopters), national guard units, veterans’ groups, high school ROTC groups, high school marching bands and scout troops from across the state.

The parade began at 11 a.m. at the Intersection of Sumter and Laurel streets and ended at the S.C. State House.

SFC Larry Russell, CFF Military Police, led CFF’s “moving museum.”  His passenger was Columbia Mayor Stephen K. Benjamin.

Col. Jack Lovelady, CFF President and Chief Operations Officer, drove Lt. Col. Michael Standish, Commander of the Columbia Recruiting Battalion.

Celebrate Freedom Foundation’s Killer Bees (B Company, 1st Cavalry Regiment), members of “The Best Dang Motor Pool in the Country,” and other CFF staff members participated. 

CFF also participated in the Lexington Veterans Day Parade on Sunday, Nov. 3.

The following photos were among those taken of CFF’s participation in the Columbia Veterans Day Parade:

  Photos by Stuart Morgan   

Col. Jack Lovelady, CFF President,
speaks at CFF Motor Pool.
CFF Nurses
SFC Larry Russell, CFF Military Police,
and his father-in-law
SFC Larry Russell, CFF Military
Policy, gives safety briefing.
Columbia Mayor Stephen K. Benjamin
waves to spectators.
Lt. Col. Michael Standish, Commander,
Columbia Recruiting Battalion, salutes.
CFF volunteers and friends pose
for a group shot before the parade.
CFF Sailor Kathi Free distributes
Foundation flyers.
School children and others show
their support for veterans.

  Photos by Rick Miller   



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