A Proud Fourth – Gates Mills, OH
What a beautiful day was enjoyed by all when The Western Reserve Society, Archibald Willard Color Guard stepped off the Gates Mills Fourth of July Parade! This was our 20th Independence Day Parade in Gates Mills. It is a fun filled event with fire engines, bands, floats, calliopes, big trucks, antique cars, bicycles, and the horses, a patriotic donkey, a big pig and of course the foxhounds.
After the parade, there was the welcoming program and invocation. Western Reserve Society President William Shanklin was introduced and presented the Gates Mills Elementary 4th grader, Praval Jiddu, a SAR Good Citizenship pin, certificate, and a stipend for his essay on “What Freedom Means to Me”. Praval led everyone in the Pledge of Allegiance, which was followed by the National Anthem.
Color Guard members in attendance were John Franklin, Lee MacBride, Scott Glasgow (American Flag), Galen Swab (Ohio Flag), Stan Thomas (SAR Flag), Fred Watkins (Essay Contest Chairman – Gates Mills Flag), and Claude Custer (musket).
This may have been the largest attendance in the village because of the great weather. There also was candy, games, balloons, and prizes for the children. Franklins provided plenty of water and a delicious picnic after the program. “Skipper” the warm and fuzzy Lake County Minor League Baseball Team mascot was there to give everyone a hug.
WRSSAR member, John Applegate, drove his 1956 Lincoln in the parade and afterward enjoyed showing it to Lee MacBride and Marilyn. SAR members should contact John to find out about registering your car for the parade.