To the Editor:
Another Independence Day has come and gone. Another parade has traveled the streets of Troy. I tried to make it special and enjoyable to watch and I hope I have succeeded. Thank you to all who braved the weather to support us by lining the streets to cheer us on. Thank you to everyone who joined the parade and helped make it great. Since the local school band won’t participate, I tried to provide music for your enjoyment from other sources such as a recorded patriotic music, the Sons of Liberty, and the beautiful voice of Betty Tasker.
A special thank you to local auto dealers for the loan of their cars to the city officials: Erwin Chrysler Dodge Jeep, Independent Auto Sales, Taylor Ford and Joe Johnson Chevrolet. And the drivers who drove these cars: Nicholas, Dave, Rick, Justin, Gary, Sue, Barb, Rocky and Carlas. Thank you to Smith O’Neal VFW Post for the flags that were passed out along the parade route, Baird Funeral Home for the chairs for the veterans’ trailer, and Troy Sports Center for donating the plaque for our grand marshal. I would also like to acknowledge and thank the five military people who rode on the red, white and blue Corvettes and allowed me to honor them and to Corvette-Troy who supplied these cars and the others to haul the queens and other dignitaries. They never fail to come through for me when I need a vehicle to haul someone.
A lot of time and effort goes into organizing this parade. It is done on a limited budget, which is provided by donations from individuals and some businesses, a volunteer staff and participants who support our cause. We thank all of you, as we couldn’t do it without you. This parade is our way of honoring and thanking all veterans both past and present for their service and sacrifice while they are still with us to receive our thanks. We plan to be back again next year, and we need your help to make this parade bigger and better. Please join us and enter a unit, ride on the veterans trailer or line the streets and cheer us one as we once again walk the streets of town. Remember freedom isn’t free! Take the time to thank a veteran for your freedom.
— Linda Shuman, parade chairperson