GLOVERSVILLE - The sun crept over the buildings on the east side of North Main Street on Saturday morning as rifle shots, sirens, patriotic music and Glenn Miller's "In the Mood" reverberated through the streets during the city's 2012 Veterans Day parade.
Area residents gathered and gazed from the curbs while fire trucks, motorcycles, Scouts and marching bands moved along the street - all in the tradition of honoring those who have served in the United States military.
Gloversville's Glamour Girls provided entertainment - including jazz music and dancing - for the crowd on the sidewalks during Saturday's parade. It marked the third public event for the Glamour Girls.
Kathy Insognia of the Glamour Girls walks in military-style attire during Gloversville's Veterans Day parade on Saturday. (The Leader-Herald/Bill Trojan)
The group consists of Sandra Peters, Donna Cerasuolo, Linda Sidoti, Kathy Insognia, Ann Adore, Sally Bryan, Nancy Berner-Smith and Jamie Risedorph. The ladies say they were honored to celebrate veterans, and that's why they entertained the crowd Saturday.
"We want to salute our Americans," Peters said. "I think the big thing is we really want to generate enthusiasm for our community. We have a wonderful community, and we want to encourage positive support and enthusiasm."
The veterans appreciated the Glamour Girls too, and one veteran told them they reminded him of the USO entertainers, which the group members were proud to hear.
The parade turned west on Fulton Street before heading north on Frontage Road, leading to a Veterans Day ceremony at City Hall.
"Although we use the word 'hero' every day, there's no greater hero than the American soldier," Mayor Dayton King said during his remarks at the service. "Thank you very much for your service."
American Legion Post No. 337 Commander Mario Cristaldi spoke to the crowd about the service that American soldiers provide for the nation's citizens - both on and off the battlefield - and told the crowd that every day is Veterans Day.
Cristaldi brought up Superstorm Sandy and spoke of the help provided by military personnel who have gone on to serve as firefighters and police officers, and how Army National Guard and Air Force Reserves units have aided in the damage-relief efforts after the storm that tore through up New York City and coastal New Jersey.
"Air Force Reserve and Army National Guard members [organized from] opposite coasts ... to travel 3,000 miles to assist their fellow veterans," he said. "The Navy sent large-deck amphibious ships off the shores of New York and New Jersey, where Marines, soldiers and Coast Guardsmen were busy rescuing storm victims, rebuilding ravaged areas and providing food, shelter and fuel."