Freedom celebration


To the Editor:

The Town of Patriot and the 2006 July 4th Freedom Celebration planning committee would like to announce the parade winners. Most Patriotic: Royal Order of Rednecks Lodge # 01 of Patriot, first place; Belle River Lodge No. 327 of Patriot, second place; and Most Patriotic Youth: Muenchen Bunch and Patriot Yacht Club and driver E4 Specialist Brian Wehee of the Ohio National Guard.

This year we had four T-shirt designs with Jeremy Fisk’s being chosen as the winning design. Wesley Ann Coker and Evan Van Winkle, Debra Garrison and Sue Jones contributed very competitive designs as well.

All winning groups or persons in both parade and T-shirt design were awarded books on various patriotic subjects.

It was quite an honor to have as our Grand Marshals, SRA Combat Firefighters Chris See and Jeff Priest of the 506th Fire Department of the Indiana Air National Guard out of Fort Wayne, recently back from Kirkuk, Iraq. A big thank you to both of you and all of our service men and women.

Thank you to our Master of Ceremony Vern Waltz. Great job.

We would like to thank the following individuals and groups for their contributions in making our 2006 July 4th Freedom Celebration a roaring success: T-shirt designers, Penny Fisk, Sara and Kate Forthman, Switzerland County Tourism Board, Donna and Joyce Bailey, Fisk’s Grocery, Dave Muenchen and family, our anonymous parade judges, parade photographers, parade entries, Switzerland County Sheriff and staff, Patriot Volunteer Fire Department members, Otter’s Big Top Tents, Shop Quik, Grand Victoria Casino and Resort, JKL Embroidering and Uncle Sam.

There is one more chapter to this year’s story. We received a letter on July 7th informing us that one of our balloons had been found by Paul and Sharon Weekly of West Union, West Virginia. It was found about 7 p.m. on the 4th of July approximately 6.5 hours after release. They shared information about themselves and their little town after having done an Internet search for Patriot. West Union is in north central West Virginia about half way between Parkersburg and Clarksburg on U.S. 50, 283 miles away.

Our little town celebration got a little bigger and a little better than last year. Thank all of you for coming. Suggestions are welcome. See you next year. God Bless America.

2006 Planning Committee