Saturday, July 3, 2010

4th of July Parade!

Since the 1960s when our family lived in the historic John T. Wood house on the corner of 9th and Sherman Ave. in Coeur d'Alene, the 4th of July parade has been a tradition for us. No fighting the crowds, we watched it pass by from the shade of our front porch. Through the years my daughters and now their sons, have enjoyed watching the parade, too. We've been in the parade with floats, I've driven a grand marshal or two in my car, and for years loved to see my father and his Marine Corps League buddies ride on the tank with the Chosin Few at the front of the parade. In 2004, I was on the fireworks fundraising team for the parade and met up with Dad in his tank before it started. (see photo) It was to be his last but it was a good one. We still attend the parade every year and while it's a bit bittersweet to see the veterans there at the front of the parade without him, it's a lasting patriotic legacy to celebrate our nation's freedom. See you at the parade!
NOTE: Idaho's Governor Butch Otter will appear in this year's parade in Coeur d'Alene!

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