America the Great: 2011 Archives

GREAT INDEPENDENCE DAY PARADE

We had a great time at the parade.

We had a terrific walking group of Chathamites and folks from Barnstable, Brewster, Harwich and Orleans.

Our group was led by a fire-red pick-up truck with our "Chatham Republicans" banner draped across the front. On each side a "Support Our Troops" banner was hung. And a quilted "God Bless America" was on the tailgate. We had our own bellringer in the truck back, letting "Freedom Ring" as we moved along.

Our marchers ranged in age from four (he rode part of the way in the truck) to over 80 with each decade well represented.

Behind our flag-carrying walkers was our yellow Jeep festooned with patriotic bunting and our "Don't Tread On Me" flag prominently displayed.

As we marched through the 40,000 or so crowding the streets, we received a tremendous outpouring of applause, cheers and shouts as our young marchers handed out over 750,000 miniature flags to children and olsters along the way. It was clear that our down-to-earth, regular folks approach to the parade struck a responsive chord.

At the end of our two and one-half miles of walking, we had sore feet but lots of big smiles.

Our thanks to all whose participation made our part of America's birthday celebration a great success.

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CELEBRATE AT CHATHAM'S INDEPENDENCE DAY PARADE MONDAY


We are all set for and excited about the parade on Monday.

We have a terrific group marching to celebrate the nation's founding and to honor those who have fought and died to keep us free.

You’ll see us coming. Our fire red pickup truck will be in the lead with our “Chatham Republicans” banner prominent on the hood.

We honor those who make this land of the free possible, the brave troops who defend us around the world, with our “Support Our Troops” message on both sides of the pickup.

We acknowledge from whence our blessings flow with a banner facing the marchers at the tail end of the truck.

After the red pickup will be our marchers with American flags galore

It’s wonderful that Harvard has just published a report that Republicans are more likely to be patriotic and attributes some of that inclination to parades.

Bringing up the rear of our unit will be our yellow Jeep carrying some of the longtime members of the town committee and saluting the Brewster Republican Town Committee, nine or so members of which are marching with us.

This is a day of celebration for how lucky we are to be Americans. We also march to say thanks to our founding fathers and those men and women who have fought and died to keep the flame of freedom burning.

Our music selection (which you may or may not be able to hear because of the background noise) will recognize America, the land of opportunity (Only in America), will salute all the men and women in uniform (a medley of service songs) and the American flag (John Phillips Sousa’s Stars and Stripes Forever) and express our appreciation for the beneficence bestowed upon us with Kate Smith’s historic God Bless America.

Since the theme of the parade is “Let Freedom Ring” and that is the signature of the Liberty Bell, we will be, in Chatham’s seafaring fashion, sounding a ship’s bell as the parade moves along Main Street.

A happy and safe 4th to all.

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CHATHAM'S MEMORIAL DAY OBSERVANCE WELL ATTENDED


Today's observance of Memorial Day in Chatham was very well attended, even better than last year's. 300 would be our guess of those who followed the parade from place to place.

The total time for the parade and stops at the various memorials was just 1 and 1/2 hour.

At each memorial there were short prayers for the dead, gunfire salutes and the playing of taps.

The first at 10 a.m. was at the World War I memorial in front of what is now the Community Center.

To Oyster Pond for a wreath laid in the waves for those who died serving at sea and a wreath at the Korean-Vietnam Memorial.

Then to Sears Park at Main and Seaview for the Civil War observance highlighted by a stirring rendition of the Gettysburg Address by Scott Hamilton. (Imagine: Chatham with a population of just slightly over 2000 sent 263 men off to fight for the Union.)

The final stop was at the rotary where the Veterans Memorial is at the center of the rotary. There were short speeches; patriotic songs sung by We are the Men choir and a wonderful playing of Amazing Grace on the bagpipes. The parade was led by veterans (including Finance Committee Chairman Jo Ann Sprague in full uniform), Coast Guard personnel, police and fire personnel, boy and girl scouts, cubs and browies, the high and middle school bands and the high school music director and selectmen Roper, Seldin and Sussman.

It was quite moving. Thanks to the Public Ceremonies Committee. Well done.


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