A Proud Fourth – Gates Mills
What a beautiful day was enjoyed by all when The Western Reserve Society, Archibald Willard Color Guard stepped off and led the Gates Mills Fourth of July Parade! This was our 18th Independence Day Parade in Gates Mills in honor of the signing of the Declaration of Independence. It is fun filled event with fire engines, bands, floats, calliopes, big trucks, antique cars, bicycles, and the horses and fox hounds.
At the program following the parade, there was the welcoming and invocation, and Fred Watkins, past president and Essay Contest Chairman was introduced and presented Eryn Molley, the Gates Mills Elementary 4th grader, a SAR Good Citizenship pin, certificate, and stipend for her essay on “Why My Independence is Important to Me”. Eryn led everyone in the Pledge of Allegiance which was followed by the National Anthem. Color Guard members in attendance were John Franklin, Hugh Harris (American Flag), Lee Mac Bride (Ohio Flag), Stan Thomas (SAR Flag), Fred Watkins (Gates Mills Flag), and Claude Custer (musket).
This may have been the largest attendance in the village because of the great weather, and candy, games and prizes for the children. Franklins provided plenty of water and a delicious picnic for after the program. Even Slider the warm and fuzzy Cleveland Indians mascot was there to give everyone a hug.