PHOTOS: Veterans Day parades feature patriotism, a little politics

High school JROTC cadets and silver-haired retirees alike suited up in uniform Thursday for Veterans Day parades across Nevada.

At both ends of the state, the annual pageantry under sunny November skies was making a comeback after COVID-related cancellations last year. An estimated 211,000 Nevadans have served in the military, or about 9 percent of the adult population.

In Las Vegas, teen cadets walked in formation past a massive, animated American flag waving across the neon canopy of the Fremont Street Experience. Boy Scouts chanted their thank yous to older veterans, and men in uniform raised their hands to salute fellow service members passing by.

In Virginia City, attendees at the late-morning parade sipped Bloody Marys in front of the historic storefronts of C Street. People tossed candy from floats, and members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars pulled away bunting to unveil a six-foot-tall stone monument in the shape of Nevada to honor those who served.

A few political statements made their way into the parades, too. A little girl in pink Velcro shoes toted a “Sisolak is Yucky” poster in Virginia City, while a woman of the Blue Star Mothers entry in Las Vegas chastised a spectator for bringing his “F*** Biden” flag to the event.

Others stuck to a simple American flag.

Photographers Jeff Scheid and David Calvert captured the scene for TheNevada Independent.

A large American flag hangs during the Veterans Day Parade in Downtown Las Vegas on Thursday, Nov. 11, 2021. (Jeff Scheid/Nevada Independent)
Members of the Centennial High School Navy JROTC prepare to march in the Veterans Day Parade in Downtown Las Vegas on Thursday, Nov. 11, 2021. (Jeff Scheid/Nevada Independent)
Marine veteran Richard Marshall smiles while a group of Boy Scouts thank him during the Veterans Day Parade in Downtown Las Vegas on Thursday, Nov. 11, 2021. (Jeff Scheid/Nevada Independent)
Vintage military equipment on display during the Veterans Day Parade in Downtown Las Vegas on Thursday, Nov. 11, 2021. (Jeff Scheid/Nevada Independent)
La Raib Farooq with the Palo Verde High School Air Force JROTC shakes hands with fellow cadets before marching in the Veterans Day Parade in Downtown Las Vegas on Thursday, Nov. 11, 2021. (Jeff Scheid/Nevada Independent)
Darrell Harris watches the Veterans Day Parade in Downtown Las Vegas on Thursday, Nov. 11, 2021. (Jeff Scheid/Nevada Independent)
Veterans talk before riding motorcycles in the Veterans Day Parade in downtown Las Vegas on Thursday, Nov. 11, 2021. (Jeff Scheid/Nevada Independent)
Angie Anderson waves at a veteran during the Veterans Day Parade in Downtown Las Vegas on Thursday, Nov. 11, 2021. (Jeff Scheid/Nevada Independent)
A horse in decorative ankle chaps during the Veterans Day Parade in downtown Las Vegas on Thursday, Nov. 11, 2021. (Jeff Scheid/Nevada Independent)
Members of the Centennial High School Navy JROTC reflect off a helmet during the Veterans Day Parade in downtown Las Vegas on Thursday, Nov. 11, 2021. (Jeff Scheid/Nevada Independent)
Korean War veteran Cast. Henry ÒHankÓ Gordon salutes a veteran during the Veterans Day Parade in Downtown Las Vegas on Thursday, Nov. 11, 2021. (Jeff Scheid/Nevada Independent)
Veterans Day parade in Virginia City, Nev. on Nov. 11, 2021. (David Calvert/The Nevada Independent)
The view east from C Street in Virginia City, Nev. on Nov. 11, 2021. (David Calvert/The Nevada Independent)
A member of Virginia City’s Silent Riders in the Veterans Day Parade on Nov. 11, 2021. (David Calvert/The Nevada Independent)
Reed High School Navy Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps members march in the Virginia City Veterans Day parade on Nov. 11, 2021. (David Calvert/The Nevada Independent)
An American Civil War reenactor inside the Bucket of Blood Saloon before the start of the Virginia City Veterans Day parade on Nov. 11, 2021. (David Calvert/The Nevada Independent)
A monument for Veterans of Foreign Wars is unveiled on Nov. 11, 2021 before the start of the Virginia City Veterans Day parade. (David Calvert/The Nevada Independent)
Members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars post 8071 ride in the Virginia City Veterans Day parade on Nov. 11, 2021. (David Calvert/The Nevada Independent)
An individual who goes by the name, “Cowboy Barbie” marches in the Virginia City Veterans Day parade on Nov. 11, 2021. (David Calvert/The Nevada Independent)
A woman on an electric cooler scooter before the start of Virginia City’s Veterans Day parade on Nov. 11, 2021. (David Calvert/The Nevada Independent)
The Storey County Republican party’s entry marches in the Virginia City Veterans Day parade on Nov. 11, 2021. (David Calvert/The Nevada Independent)
Olivia, 4, at the Virginia City Veterans Day parade on Nov. 11, 2021. (David Calvert/The Nevada Independent)
A group of American Civil War reenactors march in the Virginia City Veterans Day parade on Nov. 11, 2021. (David Calvert/The Nevada Independent)
A member of Virginia City’s Silent Riders walks to the staging area before the star of the Veterans Day Parade on Nov. 11, 2021. (David Calvert/The Nevada Independent)