Largest Veterans Day parade goes to Phoenix

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The Veterans Day parade in Phoenix, Ariz., claims to be the largest in the country. It certainly was long and well attended.

Among the floats in the parade was one from Veterans for Peace, an organization that had been banned from many previous parades. The float featured 104 pairs of boots representing every Arizonan that was killed in the current Iraq and Afghanistan wars.

Other Arizona peace groups, including members of CodePink, Grandmas for Peace, Ladies in Black, azpeace.org, and members of the Phoenix club of the Communist Party USA, helped build the float.

Last year many of the parade watchers turned their backs on Veterans for Peace. This year only a few did, and antiwar activists got many encouraging waves.