Patriot holds 4th of July celebration with beautiful weather

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The town of Patriot showed off it’s patriotic colors with a day filled with events and fun this past Monday with the community’s annual 4th of July parade and picnic.

Lineup for the parade began in the morning, with all sorts of parade entries, representing various groups from the Patriot area.

Leading the parade from on top of a fire truck was Patriot’s Rusty McKay, who is home on leave while serving with American forces in Iraq. In his honor, the citizens of Patriot asked him to serve as the Grand Marshal of the parade. Following the parade, Rusty McKay presented the town with an American Flag that was flown over his base in Iraq. The flag was accepted by Pam Hutchinson, clerk-treasurer of the Town of Patriot.

Immediately following the parade, there was a community picnic at Harris Park, and again a large crown turned out to partake of some wonderful food and enjoy the day.

Attenders played horseshoes and other games, and several tried their hand at the dunking booth that was set up for the event.

Organizers of the annual event also collected photos from past events that were donated by residents. Those photos will be included in a scrapbook.

Overall the community had a wonderful time, and the warm sunny weather was just right for a day filled with outdoor activities.