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Gates Mills Ohio 4th of July Parade 2018


Archibald Willard Color Guard of the Western Reserve Society Sons of the American Revolution led the Gates Mills 4th of July Parade for our 22nd year.

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Left to right: Lee MacBride, Galen Swab, Fred Watkins and Claude Custer

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On this bright and sunny day, a large crowd was on hand for our Nation’s 242nd Birthday. The color guard led the parade up the main street of Gates Mils past the Town Hall, Library, stores and restaurants, and then across the bridge over the Chagrin River.

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The Color Guard passes the reviewing stand next to the Chagrin Valley Hunt Club, and Lee MacBride with the color guard gave a “Colonial present colors” to the judges. From here they turn the corner and proceeded to the Polo Field.

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Left to right: Lee MacBride, Galen Swab, Fred Watkins and Claude Custer

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Color guard commander, John Franklin, gets a ride with the Gates Mills Fire Chief, Tom Robinson.

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At the Polo Field, Western Reserve Society 4th Grade Essay Chairman, Fred Watkins, presented a SAR Certificate of Outstanding Citizenship to Gates Mills 4th Grade student, Saatvic Rangu, for his essay on “What the 4th of July Means to Me.” Saatvic Rangu led everyone in the Pledge of Allegiance to commence the events.

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R to L: John Franklin, Lee MacBride, Saatvic Rangu and Clark Langmack – master of ceremonies, Fred Watkins – Past WRS President, Galen Swab and Claude Custer.

The Cleveland Kiltie Band and the Mayfield Heights High School Marching Band played patriotic music for all to enjoy.  Organizational Floats and owners of antique cars received honors. The children enjoyed it all, including a balloon man.  What a great day!

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