COMMERCE CITY, Colo. -- Parades are great spectacles. Colorful floats, music and cool cars.
The annual Memorial Day Parade in Commerce City is no different. But parades are not about things. They're about people.
For World War II veteran Anna Marsh, it's important to honor those who lost their lives in service of our country "because they are part of us," Marsh says.
Anna Marsh, now in her nineties, served in World War II as a WAC, Women's Army Corps. Part of her stateside duties was processing paperwork for U.S. troops heading overseas to war.
"I sent guys overseas and I cried when I was doing it," she recalls.
One of those soldiers who did come back was Marsh’s husband Harry, who served in Burma with the 10th Army Air Corps. They were married for over 60 years.
Harry died ten years ago, and now Anna lives at the Colorado Veterans Nursing home in Denver.
Anna Marsh hasn't missed a single Memorial Day Parade in years, and this year is no exception. She is one of four World War II vets serving as Grand Marshals at Colorado’s largest Memorial Day parade in Commerce City.
As for Harry, Anna thinks of him often, and sometimes she will read one of Harry's letters written to her during the war.