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Grand Marshal Michael Kanter, the owner of Lakewood Ranch Dental and a U.S. Army veteran, greets the crowd at the start of the Tribute to Heroes Parade.

Lakewood Ranch salutes veterans at Tribute to Heroes Parade

Sunday, May 22, 2022 |

Grand Marshal Michael Kanter, the owner of Lakewood Ranch Dental and a U.S. Army veteran, greets the crowd at the start of the Tribute to Heroes Parade.

Two-year-old Jayda Brown of Parrish was loving the first parade of her life.

Sunday, May 22, 2022 |

Two-year-old Jayda Brown of Parrish was loving the first parade of her life.

Harvey Goldberg says he loves Florida because the residents treat veterans so much better than in other places. He said such was the case at the Tribute to Heroes Parade.

Sunday, May 22, 2022 |

Harvey Goldberg says he loves Florida because the residents treat veterans so much better than in other places. He said such was the case at the Tribute to Heroes Parade.

Gill Ruderman and Herman Martinez carry the banner for VFW Braden River Post 12055.

Sunday, May 22, 2022 |

Gill Ruderman and Herman Martinez carry the banner for VFW Braden River Post 12055.

Lakewood Ranch Wind Ensemble Conductor Joe Miller joins the group on trumpet on Lakewood Main Street.

Sunday, May 22, 2022 |

Lakewood Ranch Wind Ensemble Conductor Joe Miller joins the group on trumpet on Lakewood Main Street.

Lakewood Ranch's Robert Batista wore just the right hat for the occasion.

Sunday, May 22, 2022 |

Lakewood Ranch's Robert Batista wore just the right hat for the occasion.

Lakewood Ranch 2-year-old Erin Viaud checks out the Lakewood Ranch Wind Ensemble with her dad, Jonathan Viaud, and her grandmother, Sarah Montemarano.

Sunday, May 22, 2022 |

Lakewood Ranch 2-year-old Erin Viaud checks out the Lakewood Ranch Wind Ensemble with her dad, Jonathan Viaud, and her grandmother, Sarah Montemarano.

Lakewood Ranch's Ernie Swanson found a good spot along the street for his dog Scruffy to watch the parade.

Sunday, May 22, 2022 |

Lakewood Ranch's Ernie Swanson found a good spot along the street for his dog Scruffy to watch the parade.

Dave Daily, the grand marshal of the 2019 Tribute to Heroes Parade, leads the crowd in the Pledge of Allegiance. Daily represents VFW Post 12055.

Sunday, May 22, 2022 |

Dave Daily, the grand marshal of the 2019 Tribute to Heroes Parade, leads the crowd in the Pledge of Allegiance. Daily represents VFW Post 12055.

Sisters Alice Baumann and Christine Baumann say they had just moved to the area after the last Tribute to Heroes Parade was held in 2019. They say they will be back.

Sunday, May 22, 2022 |

Sisters Alice Baumann and Christine Baumann say they had just moved to the area after the last Tribute to Heroes Parade was held in 2019. They say they will be back.

Dr. Michael Kanter, a U.S. Army veteran who was the parade grand marshal, says he needed a special outfit for the occasion.

Sunday, May 22, 2022 |

Dr. Michael Kanter, a U.S. Army veteran who was the parade grand marshal, says he needed a special outfit for the occasion.

The Rotary Club of Lakewood Ranch was represented in part by Jeff Bell, Mark Midyett, Joyce Bordao and Chuck Glazer.

Sunday, May 22, 2022 |

The Rotary Club of Lakewood Ranch was represented in part by Jeff Bell, Mark Midyett, Joyce Bordao and Chuck Glazer.

Logan Hatch of the Florida Forest Service says he washed the dozer just for the parade, Unfortunately, it was too high for the streamers and had to sit it out. It has, however, helped to stamp out 10 fires since January.

Sunday, May 22, 2022 |

Logan Hatch of the Florida Forest Service says he washed the dozer just for the parade, Unfortunately, it was too high for the streamers and had to sit it out. It has, however, helped to stamp out 10 fires since January.

The Lakewood Ranch Wind Ensemble performs before the Tribute to Heroes Parade at Main Street at Lakewood Ranch.

Sunday, May 22, 2022 |

The Lakewood Ranch Wind Ensemble performs before the Tribute to Heroes Parade at Main Street at Lakewood Ranch.

The Observer Media Group's Toni Perren and Emily Walsh join Sarasota's Dave Ruth in folding the American flag as another Tribute to Heroes Parade ends.

Sunday, May 22, 2022 |

The Observer Media Group's Toni Perren and Emily Walsh join Sarasota's Dave Ruth in folding the American flag as another Tribute to Heroes Parade ends.

Besides enjoying the mascots, children received some candy and flags as well as vehicles passed.

Sunday, May 22, 2022 |

Besides enjoying the mascots, children received some candy and flags as well as vehicles passed.

Army veteran Ned Fishman of Eagle Trace receives an honorary ride.

Sunday, May 22, 2022 |

Army veteran Ned Fishman of Eagle Trace receives an honorary ride.

John Skeen, a 103-year-old World War II veteran of the Army's 70th Infantry Division and a bronze star medalist, was honored with a ride.

Sunday, May 22, 2022 |

John Skeen, a 103-year-old World War II veteran of the Army's 70th Infantry Division and a bronze star medalist, was honored with a ride.

Retired Navy Chaplain Ron Babcock led a procession of veterans by reciting the war poem, "In Flanders Fields."

Sunday, May 22, 2022 |

Retired Navy Chaplain Ron Babcock led a procession of veterans by reciting the war poem, "In Flanders Fields."

East Manatee Fire Rescue led off the Tribute to Heroes Parade.

Sunday, May 22, 2022 |

East Manatee Fire Rescue led off the Tribute to Heroes Parade.

Bagpiper William Howard of the New World Celts was a hit with his ability to play military tunes.

Sunday, May 22, 2022 |

Bagpiper William Howard of the New World Celts was a hit with his ability to play military tunes.

Marty the Marauder always is a hit when he walks in the Tribute to Heroes Parade.

Sunday, May 22, 2022 |

Marty the Marauder always is a hit when he walks in the Tribute to Heroes Parade.

Veterans were treated to a free dinner and beverages at Lakewood Ranch Town Hall. McGrath's, Ed's, Main Street Trattoria, and Remy's donated food.

Sunday, May 22, 2022 |

Veterans were treated to a free dinner and beverages at Lakewood Ranch Town Hall. McGrath's, Ed's, Main Street Trattoria, and Remy's donated food.

Retired U.S. Army solder Eric Onstad of Lakewood Ranch enjoys an honorary ride in a Corvette.

Sunday, May 22, 2022 |

Retired U.S. Army solder Eric Onstad of Lakewood Ranch enjoys an honorary ride in a Corvette.

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