Sunday, May 18, 2014

PHOTOS: Spokane Lilac Festival Armed Forces Torchlight Parade

Posted By on Sun, May 18, 2014 at 2:17 PM

On Saturday evening, thousands of spectators watched over 200 entries during the Spokane Lilac Festival Armed Forces Torchlight Parade, which recognizes those who currently serve and have served in the military. Active military units, veterans, school marching bands, civic organizations and various regional courts marched, drove and waved their way through downtown Spokane.

click to enlarge Spokane Police Department and Spokane County Sheriff's Office motorcycles prepare to start the parade. - YOUNG KWAK
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Spokane Police Department and Spokane County Sheriff's Office motorcycles prepare to start the parade.

click to enlarge A military color guard marches past spectators. - YOUNG KWAK
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A military color guard marches past spectators.

click to enlarge The Joel E. Ferris marching band marches. - YOUNG KWAK
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The Joel E. Ferris marching band marches.

click to enlarge Youngsters cross the street as the royal court float waits to pass. - YOUNG KWAK
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Youngsters cross the street as the royal court float waits to pass.

click to enlarge The Royal Court waves at spectators. - YOUNG KWAK
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The Royal Court waves at spectators.

click to enlarge A Pearl Harbor survivor waves at spectators. - YOUNG KWAK
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A Pearl Harbor survivor waves at spectators.

click to enlarge The Seattle Police Pipes & Drums performs. - YOUNG KWAK
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The Seattle Police Pipes & Drums performs.

click to enlarge The Medical Lake High School marching band performs. - YOUNG KWAK
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The Medical Lake High School marching band performs.

click to enlarge Fairchild Air Force Base personnel march. - YOUNG KWAK
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Fairchild Air Force Base personnel march.

click to enlarge Miss Spokane Interstate Rodeo Katherine Merck waves at spectators. - YOUNG KWAK
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Miss Spokane Interstate Rodeo Katherine Merck waves at spectators.

click to enlarge The Wells Fargo stagecoach passes by. - YOUNG KWAK
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The Wells Fargo stagecoach passes by.

click to enlarge The Military Order of the Purple Heart, Chapter 470, pass by. - YOUNG KWAK
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The Military Order of the Purple Heart, Chapter 470, pass by.

click to enlarge Ali Cason waves a flag. Cason's sons, David and Tom Amundson, both serve as Chief Petty Officers in the Navy. - YOUNG KWAK
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Ali Cason waves a flag. Cason's sons, David and Tom Amundson, both serve as Chief Petty Officers in the Navy.

click to enlarge Washington State Gold Star Family members march. - YOUNG KWAK
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Washington State Gold Star Family members march.

click to enlarge A member of the Washington Air National Guard 141st Refueling Wing high-fives spectators. - YOUNG KWAK
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A member of the Washington Air National Guard 141st Refueling Wing high-fives spectators.

click to enlarge A member of the Red Hot Mamas performs. - YOUNG KWAK
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A member of the Red Hot Mamas performs.

click to enlarge Spectators get high-fives from members of the U.S. Air Force 336th Training Group, Survival, Evasion, Resistance, Escape (SERE). - YOUNG KWAK
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Spectators get high-fives from members of the U.S. Air Force 336th Training Group, Survival, Evasion, Resistance, Escape (SERE).

click to enlarge Suzi Crapson waves at parade entrants as she waits for her 18-year-old daughter Sophia, not pictured, who is a 12th grade member of the Moses Lake High School marching band. - YOUNG KWAK
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Suzi Crapson waves at parade entrants as she waits for her 18-year-old daughter Sophia, not pictured, who is a 12th grade member of the Moses Lake High School marching band.

click to enlarge Members of the Navy Reserve march. - YOUNG KWAK
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Members of the Navy Reserve march.

click to enlarge A member of the Northeast Washington Shrine Club drives by in one the organization's tiny cars. - YOUNG KWAK
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A member of the Northeast Washington Shrine Club drives by in one the organization's tiny cars.

click to enlarge A member of the Inland Northwest Disabled Veterans Sports Association passes by. - YOUNG KWAK
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A member of the Inland Northwest Disabled Veterans Sports Association passes by.

click to enlarge The Pacific Northwest DeLorean Club drives by. - YOUNG KWAK
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The Pacific Northwest DeLorean Club drives by.

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