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.

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Spokane Police Department and Spokane County Sheriff's Office motorcycles prepare to start the parade.

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A military color guard marches past spectators.

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The Joel E. Ferris marching band marches.

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Youngsters cross the street as the royal court float waits to pass.

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The Royal Court waves at spectators.

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A Pearl Harbor survivor waves at spectators.

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The Seattle Police Pipes & Drums performs.

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The Medical Lake High School marching band performs.

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Fairchild Air Force Base personnel march.

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Miss Spokane Interstate Rodeo Katherine Merck waves at spectators.

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The Wells Fargo stagecoach passes by.

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The Military Order of the Purple Heart, Chapter 470, pass by.

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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.

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Washington State Gold Star Family members march.

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A member of the Washington Air National Guard 141st Refueling Wing high-fives spectators.

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A member of the Red Hot Mamas performs.

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

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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.

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Members of the Navy Reserve march.

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A member of the Northeast Washington Shrine Club drives by in one the organization's tiny cars.

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A member of the Inland Northwest Disabled Veterans Sports Association passes by.

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The Pacific Northwest DeLorean Club drives by.

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Young Kwak is a photographer at the Inlander. He has worked on stories ranging from silver mining and cattle ranching to car racing and backyard wrestling, learning a lot about the Inland Northwest in the process...