Veteran's Day parade in Miami

  • Veterans of the Bay of Pigs acknowledge cheers and applause as they ride in the Miami-Dade County Golden Veterans Parade - 50th Anniversary Commemoration on Friday, Nov. 8, 2013, along Flagler Boulevard, to Bayfront Park in downtown Miami. The event was a tribute to Vietnam and Bay of Pigs Veterans as a warm up to Monday's Veterans Day festivities. MARSHA HALPER / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Well-wishers wave to people in a convoy of military vehicles during the Miami-Dade County Golden Veterans Parade - 50th Anniversary Commemoration on Friday, Nov. 8, 2013. The event, in downtown Miami, was a tribute to Vietnam and Bay of Pigs Veterans as a warm up to Monday's Veterans Day festivities. MARSHA HALPER / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Miami-Dade County Commissioner José "Pepe" Diaz, chairman of the Miami-Dade County Military Affairs Board, talks with a visitor to Bayfront Park in downtown Miami after the Miami-Dade County Golden Veterans Parade - 50th Anniversary Commemoration on Friday, Nov. 8, 2013. The county's Military Affairs Board organized the parade and Bayfront Park activities to honor Vietnam and Bay of Pigs Veterans. MARSHA HALPER / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Miami resident Luis Silva, a U.S. Army veteran who served in 2006 in Kuwait, brought his dogs, Salomé, left; Toby, center; and Mateo to watch the Miami-Dade County Golden Veterans Parade - 50th Anniversary Commemoration on Friday, Nov. 8, 2013. The event was a tribute to Vietnam and Bay of Pigs Veterans as a warm up to Monday's Veterans Day festivities. MARSHA HALPER / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Matthew Davila, 4; his mom, Adhara Davila of Miami, center; and his grandmother, Maria Espinosa of Hialeah, left, show their patriotic spirit as they watch the Miami-Dade County Golden Veterans Parade - 50th Anniversary Commemoration on Friday, Nov. 8, 2013 along Flagler Boulevard, to Bayfront Park in downtown Miami. Matthew's big sister, Yvonne Davila, 13, marched in the parade with the Hialeah Gardens Middle School Dance Team. The parade was a tribute to Vietnam and Bay of Pigs Veterans as a warm up to Monday's Veterans Day festivities. MARSHA HALPER / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Members of the American Legion John A. "Doc" Maecher Post 144 in Miami Lakes wave to people lining the route of the Miami-Dade County Golden Veterans Parade - 50th Anniversary Commemoration on Friday, Nov. 8, 2013. The event was a tribute to Vietnam and Bay of Pigs Veterans as a warm up to Monday's Veterans Day festivities. MARSHA HALPER / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • The Dade Heritage Trust World War II monument was set up at Bayfront Park in downtown Miami for people attending activities following the Miami-Dade County Golden Veterans Parade - 50th Anniversary Commemoration on Friday, Nov. 8, 2013. The event was a tribute to Vietnam and Bay of Pigs Veterans as a warm up to Monday's Veterans Day festivities. MARSHA HALPER / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Vietnam War veterans make their way down Flagler Boulevard in downtown Miami as they roll in the Miami-Dade County Golden Veterans Parade - 50th Anniversary Commemoration on Friday, Nov. 8, 2013. The event was a tribute to Vietnam and Bay of Pigs Veterans as a warm up to Monday's Veterans Day festivities. MARSHA HALPER / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Vietnam War veterans Luis Napoles, left, and Luis Quintero, both of Miami (and originally from Cuba), lead a contingent in the Miami-Dade County Golden Veterans Parade - 50th Anniversary Commemoration on Friday, Nov. 8, 2013 along Flagler Boulevard, to Bayfront Park in downtown Miami. The event was a tribute to Vietnam and Bay of Pigs Veterans as a warm up to Monday's Veterans Day festivities. MARSHA HALPER / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Vietnam War-era veteran Freddy Rodriguez, left, of Miami Lakes, connects with Reg Colley, 79, of Miami Lakes at Bayfront Park in downtown Miami on Friday, Nov. 8, 2013. A native of Liverpool, England, Colley served in Great Britain's military during the Korean conflict. He and Rodriguez met following the Miami-Dade County Golden Veterans Parade - 50th Anniversary Commemoration, a tribute to Vietnam and Bay of Pigs Veterans as a warm up to Monday's Veterans Day festivities. MARSHA HALPER / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • People show their support of military veterans during the Miami-Dade County Golden Veterans Parade - 50th Anniversary Commemoration on Friday, Nov. 8, 2013 along Flagler Boulevard, to Bayfront Park in downtown Miami. The event was a tribute to Vietnam and Bay of Pigs Veterans as a warm up to Monday's Veterans Day festivities. MARSHA HALPER / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Arthur Slagle, a retired U.S. Marine Corps chaplain who lives in Asheville, N.Car., waves to people lining the route of the Miami-Dade County Golden Veterans Parade - 50th Anniversary Commemoration on Friday, Nov. 8, 2013 along Flagler Boulevard, to Bayfront Park in downtown Miami. The event was a tribute to Vietnam and Bay of Pigs Veterans as a warm up to Monday's Veterans Day festivities. MARSHA HALPER / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Former Army First Sgt. Robert Molleda, 68, a Vietnam War veteran, at Friday's celebration in downtown Miami, Nov. 8, 2013. CAROL ROSENBERG / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Brigade 2506 veteran Raul Martinez, 72, wore his paratroop jump wings to Friday's celebration in downtown Miami on Nov. 8, 2013. CAROL ROSENBERG / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Three U.S. Army veterans march in the Miami-Dade County Golden Veterans Parade - 50th Anniversary Commemoration on Friday, Nov. 8, 2013. The event was a tribute to Vietnam and Bay of Pigs Veterans as a warm up to Monday's Veterans Day festivities. MARSHA HALPER / MIAMI HERALD STAFF