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ALS leads Proud to be an American parade

MARYVILLE, Tenn. -- The students and instructors of Airman Leadership School Class 10-4 at The I.G. Brown Air National Guard Training and Education Center, McGhee Tyson Air National Guard Base, march in the Proud to be an American festival in downtown Maryville, June 13, 2010.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Col. Richard B. Howard/Released)

MARYVILLE, Tenn. -- The students and instructors of Airman Leadership School Class 10-4 march in the Proud to be an American Festival in downtown Maryville, June 13, 2010. (U.S. Air Force photo by Col. Richard B. Howard/Released)

MARYVILLE, Tenn. -- The students and instructors of Airman Leadership School Class 10-4 at The I.G. Brown Air National Guard Training and Education Center, McGhee Tyson Air National Guard Base, march in the Proud to be an American festival in downtown Maryville, June 13, 2010.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Col. Richard B. Howard/Released)

MARYVILLE, Tenn. -- The students and instructors of Airman Leadership School Class 10-4 march in the Proud to be an American Festival in downtown Maryville, June 13, 2010. (U.S. Air Force photo by Col. Richard B. Howard/Released)

MARYVILLE, Tenn. -- The students and instructors of The I.G. Brown Air National Guard Training and Education Center's Airman Leadership School Class 10-4 lead a parade for the Proud to be an American Festival in downtown Maryville, June 13.

The city of Maryville's 2nd Annual Proud to be an American Festival and Parade is a salute to patriotism that honors citizens and veterans for their service and sacrifice.

Out in front, Airman Leadership School lead 129 parade entrants including honor guards, drum and bagpipe corps, and politicians waving from Corvette convertibles for a crowd of thousands of patriotic citizens and veterans.

Involvement in community service projects is highly encouraged of students at all Air Force enlisted professional military education courses.

Senior Airman Joseph M. Piazza, an aerospace medical services journeyman with the 167th Airlift Wing, West Virginia Air National Guard in Martinsburg, W. Va., and a member D-flight, organized the participation of more than 60 members of his class for this event.