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Jason Olson, Deseret Morning News
Shauna Sandberg and her daughters Lauren, left, and Katie brave the cold to wave at soldiers during Sunday's parade.

MURRAY — A man on a rain-soaked motorcycle stopped on State Street and motioned for Korean War veteran Jerry Buchowski to approach the curb.

"I want to tell you, thank you for your service," said a member of the Patriot Guard Riders, many of whom are Vietnam veterans.

The stranger gave Buchowski, 77, a pin and rode off to rejoin Sunday's Veterans Day parade. Buchowski, of West Valley City, returned to his wife's side and continued saluting flags and people, like veteran Jack Moyes.

"The top will not go up," Moyes said before the parade from the driver's seat of his blue 1976 Cadillac Eldorado. "It doesn't rain on a golf course or on a parade."

But it did rain, which didn't stop a few hundred or so who took part in or watched the short parade.

And, no, the top didn't go up over Moyes' passengers, Jim McKee, past national chaplain for the American Legion, and Boyd Winterton, who in the past held the same title for the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

"The wars don't stop for rain and neither do the parades," McKee said.

Although the weather did stop World War II vet Harley Lorenz, 86, who wears a bit of his personality on his face, home to a long white beard and a grin for everyone he met before the parade started.

"I'm not going to walk in this," said Lorenz, who in his younger days was an infantryman and a member of the Army Air Corps.

If Lorenz had earned the right for a little comfort from the storm, then a few young members of the Utah Civil Air Patrol were paying their dues as they marched up the cold, wet parade route.

Ricquel Luby watched and snapped photos as her son Richard, 14, wearing the Air Patrol uniform, carried the Utah state flag north up State Street. Her family moved to Utah from Slidell, La., after their home was "washed away" in the flood that came with hurricane Katrina. She's also helping to take care of her sick mother-in-law, who lives here. She was proud to see her son march.

"It's fun," said Luby, who had just taken a photo of George Whalen, one of Utah's most famous vets who won the Medal of Honor and has the Veterans Affairs hospital in Salt Lake City named after him. "It's patriotic — and I just enjoy it," she added.

Fun for the kids, too, who scooped up free candy being tossed from vehicles. Adults snatched up T-shirts being thrown from an SUV with the words Air Force painted on the side.

Vietnam veteran Bob Fillmore flashed a thumb's up to some and took off his hat as a huge American flag was displayed by a group of uniformed high school students.

"Happy Veterans Day," someone shouted from the street.

"Thank you — same to you," Fillmore yelled back.

Jean Reaveley's husband, Don, helped organize the parade. She didn't mind sitting beneath an umbrella for the duration.

"My favorite part is this right here," Reaveley said as a group played the bagpipes. "I just love it. I love to see my husband in it. The whole thing is just amazing. I wish more people could get out to see it — I'm happily surprised to see this many people out here."

At Murray Park after the parade, a ceremonial roll call was held to honor a fallen member of the military. This year's honoree was Army Staff Sgt. Larry Ismael Rougle, 25, of West Valley City. Rougle was on his third tour in Afghanistan when he was killed last month in the Kunar Province during a combat operation.


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