Coronado NF employees participate in Veterans Day parade

WASHINGTON — Coronado National Forest participated in the 98th Annual Tucson Veterans Day Parade in downtown Tucson, Arizona, Nov. 11. The theme of this year’s parade, presented by the U.S. American Legion, was “For the Heart of Veterans.”

The Coronado entry included a group marching in uniform, followed by a fire engine carrying Smokey Bear and an escort. The forest’s contingent was well received by spectators, many of whom thanked marchers as they moved past. As always, Smokey was a big hit.

Photo: Four uniformed employees walk down street in front of Forest Service truck. In the back of the truck, Smokey Bear waves to spectators.
Coronado National Forest employees are joined by Smokey Bear for Tucson's annual Veterans Day parade. Forest Service photo.

The parade drew an estimated 2,000 spectators. Entries were quite varied, including veterans’ organizations, marching bands, decorated historic vehicles, military units marching in formation and floats.

This was the first year the Coronado participated in the parade. The entry was organized by customer service representative Ben Bresnahan, a U.S. Navy veteran. Forest personnel look forward to building upon their entry in upcoming years.