HSMPS participates in virtually all the parades held in San Francisco. We have enjoyed enormous support in these events from the Navy League Sea Cadet program, this is especially the case with the Point Broward Division (to be renamed the Battleship IOWA Division and the O'Kane Division). We at HSMPS owe an enormous debt of gratitude to these young sea cadets and their instructors for participating in these parades, marching in both rain and shine. These young men and women represent some of our best aspirations, and we are proud of them. The IOWA is fortunate to enjoy such fine support. Together, we have marched an estimated 200 miles in almost 5 years of parades. How can we fail with this kind of support?
These parades greatly benefit from the 13 foot, 200 pound model of the IOWA, courtesy of the Western Warship Combat Club. This huge replica has been known to travel over 600 miles in an evening to participate in HSMPS's public relations efforts. The parades we participate in and our fund raising efforts demand enormous logistical support. To the model crew, who make things happen (Jean Gaetta, Joe Moore, Alfred) goes our special thanks.
The photographs shown below are dedicated to both the adults and sea cadets that make HSMPS and the IOWA such a moving tribute to our naval legacy. As always, our thanks to our photographer Jeremy Bonnelle:
This photo, taken from the St Patrick's Day Parade (2002) staging area in downtown San Francisco, clearly demonstrates the high spirits that make HSMPS and the IOWA such a remarkable endeavor. Look into these faces, see the determination and the kind of spirit that our Navy brings into being. Both the Battleship IOWA (formerly Point Broward) and O'Kane Sea Cadet Divisions are herein represented.
The U.S.S. Iowa banner has been shown for over six years in San Francisco. Now that the IOWA is actually here in the Bay Area, there is a special pride in the cadets step this St Patrick's Day Parade. These Cadets know that they are playing an important role in establishing and reminding our community of what the U.S.S. Iowa means. Gone are the days when some said that the battleship would never arrive.
HSMPS photographer Jeremy Bonnelle captures a moment of rest for this young sea cadet after the parade. Yes, its a long walk in rain and shine, some are cold, some are thirsty, but none fell out of line for an almost two hour march. This cadets really know how to hold the line.
For more outstanding photographs of the sea cadets and HSMPS in the City's parades, click here.
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