Editorial: Getting back to Craig, America
July 6, 2011
By resurrecting a Fourth of July parade, our community can rightfully claim the moniker of Craig, America. Organizers of Monday’s parade deserve thanks for correcting the oversight of many years gone by without the proper Fourth festivities.
It's no stretch to state Craig and Moffat County are one of the most patriotic communities one is likely to come across.
From its veteran organizations to its roster of servicemen and -women to its interest level in the happenings of our great nation, residents here have a deep and vast love of country.
That's a reason to be proud, and count this new Editorial Board as just a few of the many who are.
However, it's a curious footnote that on a day dedicated to America — the Fourth of July — our community has gone so many years without formally recognizing U.S. independence with a parade.
Sure, there's been a fireworks display for years now, and the personnel at Craig Fire/Rescue deserve thanks for putting on an entertaining show.
But, there's been no parade.
Some have said there hasn't been a Fourth of July parade since 1963, and others that a parade has been absent since World War II.
That's a big oversight, but thankfully one rectified this year.
On Monday, our community added one more reason it can rightfully claim the title of Craig, America, by having a Fourth of July parade stroll in patriotic glory through downtown and wind back to Craig City Park.
Hundreds lined the streets to watch the floats amble by, and hundreds still showed up to the park for a free community barbecue.
Who deserves credit for correcting the parade oversight? The same people who deserve thanks in numerous other ways — veterans.
Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4265, the Ladies Auxiliary and American Legion Post 62 combined forces to organize the parade and barbecue.
The Editorial Board commends the country- and community-minded public servants for their efforts. We're sure it was no small task.
However, there's one hitch concerning patriotism in our community — not all are aware of the proper respect and etiquette that should be paid to the flag and veterans.
For instance, on Monday, the number of hats worn while the flag passed by was disconcerting.
Removing one's hat when appropriate is a small sign of respect for not only the country, but also the people who fought and died to protect it.
The same can be said for placing a hand over the heart during the National Anthem.
Our community is so strongly patriotic these may be considered small transgressions in the scheme of things, but most certainly ones that can and should be corrected.
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