A refreshing number of young people braved chilly temperatures and an early-morning start to attend the Hastings Veterans Recognition Parade Saturday.
Members of the Mayor's Youth Council wove in and out of the generous crowds on Second Street giving thank you notes and cards to veterans. Girl Scout troops passed out candy and Boy Scout troops in uniform waved. Some youngsters rode beside veterans in the string of 63 floats and cars in the parade, while others parked curb-side with their palms skyward, waiting for showers of candy and prizes.
This mixing of generations was one of the facets of the eighth annual parade that gave event organizers a sense of satisfaction. The younger folks, after all, will be the ones to carry on the legacy of veteran appreciation and community pride displayed at the parade and similar events leading up to Veterans Day.