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SoVaNow.com / July 24, 2013
First, we would like to thank your publication for the excellent coverage provided on behalf of the fifth annual 4th of July parade sponsored by the Clarksville Ruritans. Your ongoing support has been a consistent factor in the great attendance this special event has enjoyed.
The all-volunteer parade works so well because of the contributions made by many patriotic people and organizations within the community, including the many Ruritans who planned the event and prepared and served the food and drinks.
A special thanks to Mecklenburg Electric Cooperative for the very inspiring flag which draped Virginia Avenue and for the use of their tents and for providing ice; to Al and Janet Moore, John and Terri Lee, and Moore’s Chevrolet for the pontoons and pickup trucks; and to Kirk Gravitt, Pat Root and Larry West for the special care extended to our honored Veterans. We appreciate the VFW and the American Legion for providing a local color guard, and we thank the young musicians from Carter Music who set the tone in the front of the parade with great patriotic music. The antique farm equipment provided both nostalgia and envy, thanks to Bobby Conner and his colleagues from Nathalie, as did the antique cars and Shriner Motor Corps; and we appreciate their participation and role in making this year’s event the best yet.
A special thanks to the Town operations staff and the town, county and state public safety officers who made traffic flow smoothly and whose efforts helped accommodate the event.
However, as in the past, we believe the real success came from the many citizens who decorated their bikes, trikes, golf carts, and pets and paraded down the street to celebrate our nation’s birthday and from those who lined both sides of the street, sometimes three and four deep, and attended the parade waving American flags and cheering on the procession. They, along with our Veterans, keep this special day in clear focus and make all that goes into the parade …. work worth doing!
It is great to be part of a community that remembers the many challenges and sacrifices, past and present, that have helped us become a stronger nation.
We believe this event represents small town America at its very best!
July Fourth Parade Committee, Clarksville