Love, IAVA Style

All respect for the old-timers who marched in New York’s Veterans Day Parade, but the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America contingent was the funnest and liveliest of them all. In the midst of what was already a festive celebration, one ex-Marine raised the ante exponentially by proposing to his ex-Navy girlfriend on the corner of 5th Avenue and 34th.  O youth!

And the IAVA afterparty wasn’t too shabby either….

UPDATE:  The theatrical courtship pictured above reminds me of another scene of public war-related romantic exuberance, portrayed in Alfred Eisenstaedt’s famous Times Square photograph from VJ Day, 1945:

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