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Veterans Day Harkens To Union Station’s Critical War Role

Soldiers stand around Union Station during World War II. Pictures of the station during the war are scarce because security restrictions prohibited them. This appears to be taken from a hotel across the street.

Soldiers stand around Union Station during World War II. Pictures of the station during the war are scarce because security restrictions prohibited them. This appears to be taken from a hotel across the street.

I spent Saturday taking pictures of the Veterans Day Parade in downtown Ogden — the parade was revived in 2006 and has become a fixture in the city ever since.

Union Station didn’t play a role in this year’s parade — but that’s how it works. You help win the war, you move on, you become part of history.

Union Station now, of course, helps preserve that history. In 2018 it will host a huge exhibition about World War II in Utah and Weber County, now being assembled by our staff, Weber State University’s special collections, and other museums around the state. It will be a huge reminder of how we all worked together to win the war.

So here’s some images of this year’s parade — shot using a vintage lens and camera to try to capture some of the spirit of these old warriors as they, very sadly, fade away. There are fewer every year, and their diminished numbers always break my heart.

 

 

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Ogden’s finest.

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The flag from a different angle.

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Patriot Riders and other vets — Vietnam Vets really took to motorcycles when they got home.

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“Kilroy was here” was a popular WWII note that GIs left everywhere.

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A popular sentiment of the day.

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Dennis Howland, left, a Vietnam Vet and the guy who, in 2006, revived the Vet’s Day Parade in Ogden. The gentleman with him is Robert Porter, who organized this year’s parade.

 

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