Celebrating Labor Day

Photos by KATHY CLEVELAND Mini monster trucks and little cars from the Bektash Shriners of New Hampshire entertain children and their parents during the Milford Labor Day Parade.

MILFORD – Families with children, couples, locals and even pets flocked to the streets of Milford on Monday to watch the Labor Day parade and honor a very special group of people: Vietnam veterans.

“Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans … 50 Years” was the theme of this year’s parade, and to see the number of servicemen proudly sporting “Vietnam Vet” hats and saluting as the floats passed, the effect was clear.

“Frankly, (veterans) weren’t treated very well when they came home (from Vietnam),” said Sen. Gary Daniels, who also served as the parade

announcer.

“I think we’ve turned a corner in this country, and it’s only appropriate that we make sure to recognize their service and sacrifice,” he added.

The parade also served to bring the community together for one last hurrah to finish out the summer – a day that was picture-perfect.

The sun was shining as kids ate ice cream cones and sipped on cold water bottles, watching the floats, bands, horses and antique cars drive by, as participants occasionally tossed candy their way.

“The parade is also a recognition of the character of Souhegan Valley,” Daniels said.

“We still do recognize labor, but now it’s also an opportunity to showcase the businesses that really make the town work.”

After the parade, people wandered over to the Boys & Girls Club of Souhegan Valley for food, face painting, balloons and live music.

Parade Marshal Brendan Philbrick said that next year they will pursue a carnival to help fund the parade.

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