Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton Walk in Memorial Day Parades on Opposite Coasts

Clinton marched in a parade outside NYC, while Sanders walked in San Francisco.

ByLIZ KREUTZ and MARYALICE PARKS
May 30, 2016, 6:31 PM

— -- Both Democratic presidential hopefuls took to the streets on opposite coasts Monday to walk in Memorial Day parades: Frontrunner Hillary Clinton, joined by husband Bill, walked in the annual Newcastle Memorial Day parade in their hometown of Chappaqua, New York, while Bernie Sanders walked with a largely veteran crowd in a parade in San Francisco.

Joined by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and local officials, the Clintons walked the short parade route from the town's fire station to the train station, waving at spectators along the route.

The Clintons were in stride with each other, fashion-wise, wearing matching blue ensembles: The former Secretary of State wore a bright blue pantsuit and matching pair of chic sunglasses, while Bill wore bright blue running shoes.

One man followed Clinton down the parade route holding a sign that read "The Silent Majority Stands with TRUMP."

Towards the end of the parade, reporters asked Clinton what the event meant to her, to which she replied, "I love it. I love being here. It's my favorite parade."

On the other side of the country, Sanders marched in a San Francisco Memorial Day parade. He walked the short parade route with veterans and honored guests. Then, he later sat onstage joined by the mayor and police chief at the historic Presidio, overlooking the bay, next to the city's national cemetery.

Other than one female spectator who booed him, the crowd appeared excited by his surprise visit, shaking his hand and waving from the sidelines.

"As the former chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs, the needs of veterans and the needs of those families who made the ultimate sacrifice is something that is very important," Sanders said.

Sanders also delivered a brief statement to reporters after the event, standing on the edge of the cemetery grass with military gravestones behind him. He did not take questions, saying he did not want to talk politics.

"Today is not just a day for picnics and for ball games," he said. "It is a day to remember. The cost of war is very very real. Not only in terms of death but in terms of the kind of pain that the veterans carry with them who have come back. So today is a day to remember the sacrifices of those who gave their lives and of their families."