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The parade

November 11, 2011 - Jill Gosche
Today was the second big day in a row for Seneca East High School's band.

This morning, band members attended a breakfast in downtown NYC, and Dan Daly, who worked for NYFD and responded to Ground Zero, was the speaker. He was fantastic, just as I had imagined. He shared personal stories and also honored veterans, which was quite touching. The venue was beautiful, and the event was the perfect way to start the day.

After the breakfast, some adults were left off the bus to watch the parade from the route, and the rest of us rode with the students to the beginning of the parade route. After taking some early pictures, I started to walk down 5th Avenue to get ready to see the band come through. I ended up standing next to a Vietnam veteran who asked me to take pictures on his camera for him because he is blind in one eye. He wanted pictures of certain things in the parade route, and I was honored to help. I only know this man as "Richard," but he'll never know the impact he had on me. It was truly a special time to stand next to him for about an hour as I waited for SE's band to come through.

Once the band came, I walked quickly with it along the sidewalk to keep getting pictures. The band kept a pretty quick pace and you could tell it was exhausting to march the 2 miles! It's hard to put into words what it was like to see a local band participate in such a HUGE event. I'm sure it hasn't sunk in yet for the students, either.

The day continued with lunch in Times Square and a dinner/dance cruise, which was a relaxing day to end a very busy few days. There is one more busy day ahead before we head home Sunday. What a trip it has been so far!

There are tons of pictures at


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