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July 5, 2014

Patriotism shines

GREENSBURG – One of the Tree City’s most indelible slices of Americana made its way downtown Friday morning in celebration of the 238th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence.

Scores of county residents, from the youngest among us to the still-young at heart, donned the stars and stripes for the annual Tri-Kappa Fourth of July Parade. From Franklin Street to Washington and around Broadway, the red, white and blue shined under a cool, clear summer sky. The sirens of police cars and fire trucks gave way to the joyous sounds of laughing children and happily clapping spectators.

Kids rode bicycles and scooters while the youngest entrants were pulled along in wagons adorned with the signature stars and stripes of “Old Glory.” Local organizations, students and community leaders set out on foot or in buses, cars, trucks and other vehicles to show pride for the city and country they call home. It was an annual spectacle devoid of politics, one that honored with applause the local men and women who served and exuberantly embraced the idealism the founding fathers put to parchment one sweltering July day in Philadelphia in 1776: Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

One needn’t look far for the latter as smiling visages and laughter filled Greensburg’s downtown square as community members showed up in droves to cheer on parade participants.

There were automobiles old and new, vintage farm equipment, wagons decked out in America’s distinctive trio of patriotic hues, and even a gaggle of furry four-legged friends. Friday’s parade, awash in the glow of freedom and peppered with pride, likely wouldn’t have looked at all out of place next to the initial event, which began 95 years ago as a show of local patriotism.

Truly much has changed in the world in the nine and a half decades since the county’s first crew of parade-goers and participants gathered downtown, but the tradition of local pride for a nation conceived in liberty soldiers ever on.

Contact: Brent Brown 812-663-3111 x7056; brent.brown@greensburgdailynews.com

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