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Fourth of July parade in Newton never a disappointment

Published: Monday, July 7, 2014 11:31 a.m. CDT

To the editor:

I admit, I love a good parade, and Newton’s Fourth of July parade is never a disappointment. The sense of pride starts the minute you hear the sirens. Then the recognition of every branch of military, from the flags, our military men and women walking or riding, to the parade watchers standing in honor and applauding each and everyone of them. The bagpipe players were awesome!

There’s no better sound than that of a John Deere tractor or a Harley in a parade. Two of the most recognizable sounds that just seem to shout America, and American made.

There was never a dull moment in the parade. Some incidents just seem to forever stick in your mind. Starting with the lump in your throat, thankful for our freedom, to the poor doggie, who just could not “hold it” anymore, to the poor kid who accidently  “stepped” in it. Thank you to the gentleman  who ran out with a plastic sack to do clean-up. (He also received a round of applause).

Such a large selection of representation in this year’s parade. So many, many businesses, clubs, churches, activities that our youth participate in, (band, gymnastics, Boy Scouts, etc.) to several politicians.

To each and every person who planned/organized, rode, walked, gave candy or other free  items in this year’s parade, thank you. Job well done, give yourself a pat on the back, you deserve it. A huge round of applause for Helen Grosvenor, this year’s grand marshal. She looked absolutely radiant, happy and proud.

Kathy Richardson

Newton

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