Editorial: Ramping up the celebration

June 13, 2014 

For the past several years, Wendell residents have gathered at the town square to celebrate Independence Day. Now organizers want to build a bigger, better event.

The Wendell Historical Society first started the Independence Day celebrations several years with a children’s parade and some watermelon and hot dogs at the town square.

The event proved popular enough with families that it grew, though it stuck with its small-scale roots: a simple children’s parade. Easy to make summer picnic foods.

This year, though, organizers are hoping that bigger is better. We think it will be.

The Historical Society is partnering with local churches to solicit old military photographs of people who either lived in Wendell or who have a connection to someone who lives here now.

And the parade will grow too, becoming a motorized even with veterans as the special guests of honor in the cars that join the children in this year’s parade.

There will also be a live band performing at the Town Squareon the afternoon of July 4.

All told, it should be a swell time.

Most of us generally think of Memorial Day and Veterans Day as a time to thank veterans for their service. Independence Day is more of a birthday celebration. But it is altogether fitting that veterans be celebrated on the Fourth of July.

After all, as we well know, America’s freedom did not come without bloodshed.

The celebration is still a few weeks away, but if you hurry, you can still have your veteran family member included in the display the Historical Society plans to create.

We’re thankful for this group which is interested in preserving the town’s heritage and we believe it makes Wendell a better place if people stop and think about what it took to create all that we have now.

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