Johnny Garcia: ‘Heartbeats of pride’

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To the editor:

How do you begin to thank everyone who turned out for the Fourth of July parade?

The town of Craig was represented by hundreds of beautiful people. It shows we are ready for something new in the tradition of celebrating independence and our Constitution.

We all cherish our freedom, so thanks to all who fought for our independence and the men and women still today who are putting their lives on the line.

Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4265, the Ladies Auxiliary, and American Legion Post 62 would like to give a big thank you to all who gathered along the streets, stood up from their chairs, and the young men as well as the elderly who took hats off and placed their hands over their hearts.

It’s the first time ever that we have seen it done at a parade to honor our color guard.

Some veterans had tears of pride and joy. Others said they felt lumps in their throats and heartbeats of pride.

A big thank you to Craig U.S.A. The barbecue was well attended; 1,500 hotdogs and hamburgers were served. Lots of lemonade and ice water helped cool people down. The kids and adults enjoyed fun games. I think the biggest hit of all was the money pit. All enjoyed and had fun scrambling for the coins.

All of this could not have happened without sponsorship. The downtown merchants came through again. We are proud to give a big kudos to our sponsors.

Axis Steel, Craig Campground for all of the watermelons, Samuelson’s for the 2-by-4s, MJK for woodchips, Pepsi, Yampa Valley Bank for the money pit and prizes, Anson Excavation for the sand in the money pit, Brother’s Meat, Mountain Meat for hot dogs and hamburgers, and KRAI, the Craig Daily Press and Cedar Mountain Lions Club for monetary donations.

Thank you to all that pitched in and helped at the barbecue.

Anyone that I may have missed, see you next year at our annual Fourth of July parade.

Hope everyone enjoyed this year’s parade and the next event gets bigger and better.

Johnny Garcia

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