SALUTE TO OUR MILITARY PARADE, Fairbanks, Alaska
FORT WAINWRIGHT, Alaska (May 12, 2012) – Citizens from Fairbanks, North Pole and surrounding communities in Interior Alaska organized a parade to honor veterans, wounded warriors and military members during the Salute To Our Military Parade – STOMP. The parade route traversed about 3.5 miles through downtown Fairbanks. More than 6,500 participants included Soldiers from Fort Wainwright’s 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, the 16th Combat Aviation Brigade (Alaska), 2nd Engineer Brigade, Medical Department Activity-Alaska, airmen from Eielson Air Force Base, National Guard, Reserve, Reserve Officer Training Corps, JROTC and various vehicles strung out over more than a mile, giving roadside crowds reason to cheer and wave flags. Both service members and organizers said the parade was to say “thank you,” for service, for support and for sacrifice – at home and abroad. Among the honorees who could not attend, fallen service members were also honored and remembered during STOMP with tributes, mournful music and memories shared.