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4th of July in Craig brings pride, merriment

Noelle Leavitt Riley

Fourth of July brought pride, respect and merriment to the Craig community as they participated in a parade and fireworks on the nation's birthday.

The fifth annual parade kicked off at 11 a.m. on Saturday, where Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion led the festivity with their patriotic float decorated in VFW and American flags.

"I love the respect that the people on the parade route showed, taking their hats off and putting their hands over their hearts as the flags went by," VFW Sr. Vice Commander of the state VFW Office Allan Stone said. "We had a great time."

The parade was sponsored by Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4265, Ladies Auxiliary and American Legion Post 62.

"It's patriotic," said Craig resident Eunice Liton. "My parents were both World War II vets. My dad was on active duty and my mom was with the support service at home."

Liton held back tears as she spoke of her parents dedication to maintaining freedom for the United States.

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The Daughters of the American Revolution won first place for their patriotic float, where American flags were strewn on each side, and one of the ladies, LuAnn Kline, dressed as a maiden from the President George Washington era.

Tractors, horses and antique cars — including one driven by Craig Mayor Ray Beck — joyfully made their way down Victory Way.

The 2015 Moffat County Fair queens and attendants also rode in the parade.

Former Mayor Terry Carwile was on his bicycle, passing out "Friends of Coal" stickers to parade goers.

Carwile is a Vietnam veteran, serving in U.S. Navy in Chulai, Vietnam in 1968 and 1969.

"I always love parades and especially on the Fourth of July," Carwile said. "It's fun and it's a great opportunity to get out."

The festivities of the day continued with a free community barbecue hosted by the VFW.

And to top the day off, Craig Fire/Rescue hosted a spectacular Fourth of July fireworks display at Moffat County High School, boasting a phenomenal grand finale that had the crowd on their feet and cheering at the end.

Reach Noelle Leavitt Riley at 970-875-1790 or nriley@CraigDailyPress.com.

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