From 2 to 92, they came to thank veterans in Manchester
Lily and Ryan MacDonald of Goffstown show their respect as the Manchester Veterans Day parade winds its way down Elm Street. (Dave Solomon/Union leader)
Grand Marshal Aurel Stuart, 92, a retired lieutenant colonel and World War II bombadier, was accompanied by Manchester Mayor Ted Gatsas at the head of Monday's parade. (Dave Solomon/Union Leader)
Monday's parade was his first as a participant, but it wasn't the first he's attended.
"I've been here every year since I was a kid, even if my parents couldn't make it," he said. "I've always come downtown to show my support."
"The one thing we must always keep in our minds now and forever is finding a place for every veteran to call home, because far too many of them are homeless," he said. "Let's find a way to house our veterans."
The parade organizers put him in with the Nam Knights Motor Cycle Club. With an MIA flag flying from one handlebar, an American flag on the other, he proudly took his place in the lineup.
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