Lough Legacy Veterans Parade salutes those who served

first_imgA big, grateful smile spread across Pearl Harbor survivor Ralph Laedtke’s face as people took turns shaking his hand and thanking him for his service during Vancouver’s Veterans Parade on Saturday.The Washougal 96-year-old said it touched him to be remembered for a time in his life when he was doing what he had to do.“I’ve been recognized more today than ever before, so I feel blessed,” he said.Laedkte, who retired as a U.S. Navy captain after nearly 35 years of service, worked aboard a hospital ship at the time of the attack. He was 21 years old.“I never dreamed it would end the way it did. We were caught flat-footed that day,” he said. “I’ll never forget that day and how proud I was of our Navy.”Laedkte was just one of many veterans honored Saturday at the 30th annual Lough Legacy Veterans Parade at Fort Vancouver. About 100 people gathered in front of the Marshall House for a morning ceremony before the parade.last_img

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