PHOTO GALLERY: Memorial Day parade draws crowd in downtown Columbia

Monday, May 25, 2009 | 1:24 p.m. CDT; updated 8:45 p.m. CDT, Monday, May 25, 2009
Col. Karl Miller, a retired Marine, and Lt. Cmdr. Allan Purdy, who served in the Navy, greet one another before the start of the Memorial Day parade in Columbia. The men rode on the Military Order of the Purple Heart float. Miller is also an opinion columnist for the Missourian.

COLUMBIA — Crowds of people lined Broadway on Monday morning to watch the Salute to Veterans Memorial Day parade.

Joshua Campbell, 2, watches the Memorial Day parade on the corner of Fifth Street and Broadway.
Crowds came out to support the community's veterans and enjoy the Memorial Day parade in downtown Columbia. The rain that dampened streets in the morning held off for the duration of the parade.
Myron Thomas, far left, Richard Sykes, Andrew Stewart and Rob Pfeil, far right, stand in preparation for the beginning of the Memorial Day parade in downtown Columbia on Monday. The four men led the parade.
Capt. Robert Gibson, a NASA astronaut, waves to the crowd during the Salute to Veterans 2009 Memorial Day parade. Despite early morning rain, the parade marched down Broadway before ending at Fifth Street.

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