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Lakeland Veterans Day Parade
November 10, 2001

Members of Squadron 4 Lineup Before Parade

Members of Sons of The American Legion Squadron 4 pose for a photo with their Squadron Banner. This is the first time the banner was used in a parade by the Sons since 1976.

Pictured from L to R: Squadron 2nd Vice Commander Terry McCoy, Past National Commander David Stephens (IN), Squadron Commander John Fike, Squadron Historian Robert Cockrell, NECA and Squadron Adjutant Jim Roberts and Squadron Sgt-At-Arms Shawn Clark.

Unit 4 Poppy Princess

The American Legion Auxiliary Poppy Princess poses for a picture before the parade begins. Pictured L to R: Junior Auxiliary Unit 4 member and Poppy Princess Jessica Roberts, Junior Auxiliary Unit 4 member Jasmine Roberts and NECA Jim Roberts.

The Banner Flys

Squadron 2nd Vice Commander Terry McCoy and Squadron Sgt-At-Arms Shawn Clark carry the Squadron 4 Banner for the first time since 1976.

Commander Rides Tall

Squadron Commander John Fike rides tall in the parade.

City of Lakeland Mayor

Mayor Buddy Fletcher takes time for a photo with the Roberts family.

Pictured from L to R: (Back Row)City of Lakeland Mayor Buddy Fletcher and NECA Jim Roberts. (Front Row)Unit 4 Poppy Princess Jessica Roberts and Unit 4 Jr member Jasmine Roberts.

Veterans Day Ceremony

After the parade many come to participate in the ceremonies to honor those who served and are currently serving in our Nation's military.

Keynote Address

NECA Jim Roberts delivers the keynote speech at the ceremony. NECA Roberts states that we should remember all veterans from past wars and to support those whose serve today in the War on Terrorism. NECA Roberts read a letter from a father, a veteran, whose son was called to fight the war on terrorism. This veterans day we remember those who have paid the ultimate price to keep us free and we honor them. We also remember those who lost their lives in the attacks on America. NECA Roberts said "Thousands of Americans fell into the darkness and rubble of the World Trade Center buildings and the Pentagon. But God brought them light, and took them home".