the parade is a fourth of july must for the krommendyk family and i'm so glad i got to share it with them this year. my boys loved it and got to see real live "good guys" who fought the "bad guys" in wars past. right now all they see is a powerful hero with a real live gun. while i see those things too, i cannot help but grieve all that they have lost and suffered on my behalf. it almost made me want to look away. i cannot imagine being faced with the man on the cross.