For Immediate Release
November 18, 2014
Contact: Nicole Lesson
Mayor Wayne Slaton and the Town Councilmembers waved to the crowd and threw candy to the youngsters, along with elected officials State Senator Rene Garcia and Miami-Dade County Commissioner Esteban Bovo, Jr. Other parade participants included several local high school bands, sports clubs, a variety of scouting units and many other local and national organizations.
Grand Marshal Miami Lakes’ resident Alex Sanchez, Second Class Petty Officer in the United States Navy, dressed in his US Navy Enlisted Dress Blues and led the parade with pride. Sanchez was deployed to Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom, where he earned much recognition including the prestigious Navy Marine Corps Achievement Medal.
“Over the years, the Town of Miami Lakes Veterans Day Parade has become a great tradition in our community,” Mayor Wayne Slaton said. “Thank you to the Town’s Cultural Affairs and Veterans Committees, and all of the parade participants for making this day so special for our veterans and their families.”
Immediately following the parade, a special ceremony was held at Town Hall in front of the V is for Veterans Memorial where the Mayor and Town Council honored Mr. Sanchez and all Miami Lakes Veterans, with speeches and the presentation of a folded American flag.