Patriotism plays well in McLouth

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What Patriots Day parade would be complete without George and Martha Washington? The members of America’s first First Family are pictured here as they ride their trusted steeds along Union Street while spectators, some equipped with umbrellas, take in the lively procession.


by Rick Nichols
As a rule, citizens of McLouth and the surrounding countryside didn’t let the at times heavy rain Saturday morning interfere with their plans to participate in the community’s 17th annual Patriots Day celebration.
Despite the rainy weather that ultimately led some would-be parade entries to back away from the event, spirits were generally high throughout the morning and into the afternoon as people of all ages gathered in the downtown area to pay tribute to those who have been willing to fight for liberty since 1775, the year of the “shot heard ‘round the world,” even to the point of death. Many were dressed in some combination of red, white and blue, while others simply went with their usual weekend wear, eager just the same to show their support for patriots past and present.
The day’s activities began with a pancake feed at the fire station sponsored by the McLouth United Methodist Church. The McLouth Kiwanis Club was in charge of lunch, serving meals to hungry folks, again, at the fire station.
Nearby, a petting zoo attracted the attention of the younger set.
The less-than-ideal conditions forced the World War II re-enactment that was to follow the main parade to be canceled.
According to the information the paper was furnished with following the 25-minute parade, the following entries were expected to comprise the procession, but some of them were no-shows due to the weather:
The Fort Riley Commanding General’s Mounted Color Guard, the Knights of Columbus 50-state flag float, the McLouth High School marching band, the McLouth Walking Flag, George and Martha Washington, Paul Revere, the Leavenworth County Sheriff’s Office Honor Guard, Grand Marshals Bob and Alfreda Ryan, the Veterans Trolley, Kansas Rep. Ramon Gonzalez Jr., the Jefferson County Firefighters Honor Guard and trucks, Ozawkie American Legion Post 225 motorcycles and trikes, Randy and Dee Turner of McLouth with their 1927 Franklin, Doug and Margie McQuitty of McLouth with their 1929 Ford, Ron and Lorraine Herring of Winchester with their 1929 Model A Ford pickup, Harlan Woodring of McLouth with his Model A, Tom and Tammy Bauder of Easton with their 1940 Chevrolet coupe, Joe Bauder of Leavenworth with his 1954 Chevy pickup, Tom and Dianne Plemons of Topeka with their 1967 Buick Electra 225, Mary Garcia of McLouth with her GEM electric car, the Leavenworth-Jefferson Electric Cooperative, George and Trudy Bowen (he is on the City Council), Bob Kimmel and Lee Starr with their Montgomery Ward tractor, Rodney Stevens of McLouth with his homemade miniature tractor, Trenton Gordine Mowing Service of McLouth, the McLouth Crackerjacks 4-H Club, F.W. Huston Medical Center, the McLouth Middle School track team, the Overland Park Shriners with their motorcycles and small cars, the Jefferson County Democrats, the McLouth Church of the Nazarene float, the McLouth First Baptist Church float, the McLouth Threshing Bee float, the McLouth Dental Office float, Jan Hehn of McLouth with her horse and buggy, Margaret Dick of Perry with her pony and cart, Gail Thomas of Oskaloosa with her pony and cart, Howard and Bev Myers of Overbrook with their team of Belgian horses and wagon, Mary Cronemeyer (Circle S Ranch) with her horse and buggy, James Sheldon of Winchester with his horse and rider, and Wild Women of the Frontier.
Present in the reviewing stand situated in the south 200 block of Union Street were Lt. Col. Pat MeMieux, Maj. Oliver Stolley, Maj. Daphne Mitchell-Wright and Maj. Michael Freeland, all of whom are with the Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth.
On hand to assist with the children’s parade, which took place earlier in the day, were Maj. Erin Duhon, Maj. Waldo Galan, Maj. Tuck Riley, Maj. Kip Remsburg, Maj. Angela Reed-Johnson, Maj. Crystal Jones, Maj. Timothy Lawrence and Maj. Sara Horak, all of whom, again, are with the CGSC.
Members of the Parade Committee were Cliff Weeks, Candy Braksick, Keith and Marie Meador (he is the mayor of McLouth), Jan Hehn, Jim Lasher, Melinda Harwood, Beverly Muzzy, Tammy Stuart and Denise Mestagh.
The master of ceremonies for the main parade was James Snyder.

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