Many of the active-duty troops said they were moved to come out because it is time to end the military’s ban on openly gay troops…
National Guard member Nichole Herrera, 31, said she didn’t think twice about marching, even though the policy is back on the books. She said she was “choked up” several times as she walked down a main thoroughfare in San Diego, a major Navy port.
“This is one of the proudest days in my life. It’s time for it (the policy) to be gone,” Herrera said. “I’m a soldier no matter what, regardless of my sexual orientation.”
Every branch of service was represented Saturday, including the Coast Guard. Marines and sailors ran out carrying their branch’s flags over their heads.
Well over 200 active duty servicemen, women and veterans waving American and gay pride flags, came out in force today to show their opposition to Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, and became the first active military personell to publicly march in an LGBT Pride Parade.