LOOK: JROTC battalions march Civic Center Park

Denver witnessed something of a softening, a moment to embrace national pride and celebrate the sacrifices of armed forces without conflict.

Lincoln High School senior Montse Corona is the leader of more than 200 JROTC students marching in the Veterans Day parade at Civic Center Park on Nov. 12, 2016. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)veterans day; jrotc; military; civic center park; denver; denverite; colorado; kevinjbeaty;
Lincoln High School senior Montse Corona is the leader of more than 200 JROTC students marching in the Veterans Day parade at Civic Center Park on Nov. 12, 2016. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) veterans day; jrotc; military; civic center park; denver; denverite; colorado; kevinjbeaty;
Lincoln High School senior Montse Corona is the leader of more than 200 JROTC students marching in the Veterans Day parade at Civic Center Park on Nov. 12, 2016. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

On Saturday morning Denver’s annual Veterans Day parade circled Civic Center Park. Just days after the 2016 presidential election and subsequent massive protests in town and across the country, issues of race and national identity have been in the forefronts of peoples’ minds.

But on this day Denver witnessed something of a softening, a moment to embrace national pride and celebrate the sacrifices of armed forces without conflict. And, to boot, the JROTC crowd represented an incredibly diverse set of young people who are on their way to leadership positions in their community.

Here’s some of the people we met:

North High School freshman Shamond Davis marches in the Veterans Day parade at Civic Center Park. Nov. 12, 2016. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) veterans day; jrotc; military; civic center park; denver; denverite; colorado; kevinjbeaty;
North High School freshman Shamond Davis stands in formation. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)
Manual High School senior and student body president Tay Anderson leads JROTC students around Civic Center Park during the annual Veterans Day parade. Nov. 12, 2016. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) veterans day; jrotc; military; civic center park; denver; denverite; colorado; kevinjbeaty;
Manual High School senior and student body president Tay Anderson leads JROTC students around Civic Center Park. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

 

Bianey Delacruz, a George Washington High School sophomore, stands in formation during the Veterans Day parade at Civic Center Park. Nov. 12, 2016. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) veterans day; jrotc; military; civic center park; denver; denverite; colorado; kevinjbeaty;
Bianey Delacruz, a George Washington High School sophomore, stands in formation during the Veterans Day parade at Civic Center Park. Nov. 12, 2016. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)
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Alonda Miramontes, a Lincoln High School freshman, in line at a Veterans Day parade at Civic Center Park. Nov. 12, 2016. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) veterans day; jrotc; military; civic center park; denver; denverite; colorado; kevinjbeaty;
Alonda Miramontes, a Lincoln High School freshman, in formation. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)
JROTC students stand in formation during the Veterans Day parade at Civic Center Park. Nov. 12, 2016. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) veterans day; jrotc; military; civic center park; denver; denverite; colorado; kevinjbeaty;
JROTC students stand in formation. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)
JROTC students' shoes march down 14th Ave during the Veterans Day Parade at Civic Center Park (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) veterans day; jrotc; military; civic center park; denver; denverite; colorado; kevinjbeaty;
JROTC students’ march down 14th Ave during the Veterans Day Parade at Civic Center Park. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)
JROTC students stand in formation during the Veterans Day parade at Civic Center Park. Nov. 12, 2016. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) veterans day; jrotc; military; civic center park; denver; denverite; colorado; kevinjbeaty;
JROTC students stand in formation before the Veterans Day parade. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

JROTC students stand in formation during the Veterans Day parade at Civic Center Park. Nov. 12, 2016. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) veterans day; jrotc; military; civic center park; denver; denverite; colorado; kevinjbeaty;
JROTC students stand holding flags. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)
Jesusangel Enmiquez, a sophomore at Vista PEAK Preparatory, in line during the Veterans Day parade at Civic Center Park. Nov. 12, 2016. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) veterans day; jrotc; military; civic center park; denver; denverite; colorado; kevinjbeaty;
Jesusangel Enmiquez, a sophomore at Vista PEAK Preparatory, in formation. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)
Flags above JROTC students standing in formation before the Veterans Day parade at Civic Center Park. Nov. 12, 2016. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) veterans day; jrotc; military; civic center park; denver; denverite; colorado; kevinjbeaty;
Flags above JROTC students standing in formation before the Veterans Day parade at Civic Center Park. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)
Lincoln High School freshman Hector Valenzuela waits for the start of the Veterans Day parade at Civic Center Park. Nov. 12, 2016. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) veterans day; jrotc; military; civic center park; denver; denverite; colorado; kevinjbeaty;
Lincoln High School freshman Hector Valenzuela waits for the start of the Veterans Day parade. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)
Lincolng High School senior Marina Ortiz waits for the Veterans Day parade at Civic Center Park to begin. Nov. 12, 2016. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) veterans day; jrotc; military; civic center park; denver; denverite; colorado; kevinjbeaty;
Lincolng High School senior Marina Ortiz waits for the Veterans Day parade at Civic Center Park to begin. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)
Lincoln High School senior Montse Corona is the leader of more than 200 JROTC students marching in the Veterans Day parade at Civic Center Park on Nov. 12, 2016. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) veterans day; jrotc; military; civic center park; denver; denverite; colorado; kevinjbeaty;
Lincoln High School senior Montse Corona is the leader of more than 200 JROTC students marching in the Veterans Day parade at Civic Center Park. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)
JROTC students stand in formation during the Veterans Day parade at Civic Center Park. Nov. 12, 2016. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) veterans day; jrotc; military; civic center park; denver; denverite; colorado; kevinjbeaty;
JROTC students walk 14th street during the parade. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)
A young lady watches the Veterans Day parade at Civic Center Park. Nov. 12, 2016. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) veterans day; jrotc; military; civic center park; denver; denverite; colorado; kevinjbeaty;
A young woman watches the Veterans Day parade at Civic Center Park. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)
JROTC students stand in formation during the Veterans Day parade at Civic Center Park. Nov. 12, 2016. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) veterans day; jrotc; military; civic center park; denver; denverite; colorado; kevinjbeaty;
JROTC students stand in formation. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

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