The Faith Center float won second place in the annual Fourth of July parade in Downtown Graham Thursday.
The Faith Center float won second place in the annual Fourth of July parade in Downtown Graham Thursday. (Carla McKeown)
Graham celebrated IndependenceDay with a parade and an annual military honors ceremony at the gazebo on the courthouse lawn. The events Thursday morning included a banner for local citizens to sign in support of those currently serving in the U.S. military.

The American Volunteer Reserve led the ceremony that featured the laying of a wreath at the veterans memorial, a flag folding ceremony and a 21-gun salute. Service star flags were presented to Young County families with loved ones serving in active duty, and the Missing Man Bell Roll Call ceremony was performed for the 44 Graham veterans who have died in the past year.

Five Young County veterans were presented with certificates of honor  and gratitude.
State Rep. Drew Springer visited Graham for the "Red, White & You" parade Thursday afternoon. He rode in the Young County Republican
State Rep. Drew Springer visited Graham for the "Red, White & You" parade Thursday afternoon. He rode in the Young County Republican Women's float. (Carla McKeown)
Those honored were Clay Funk, USMC, USNR, and TX ArmyNG; John Disheroon, USAF; Dennis Ritter, USN; Gerald Hutson, USAF; and, David Nolette, USArmy.

Following the ceremony, the annual "Red, White and You" parade made its way around the Downtown Square. Featuring everything from a horse and buggy to sports cars, the parade showed Graham's patriotic side. Texas Rep. Drew Springer (District 68) visited Graham for the ceremony and parade, riding in the Young County Republican Women's float.

The Lone Star 4-H float earned first place parade honors from the judges, and the Faith Center float came in second place. Congratulations!

During the day's events, vendors set up on the Downtown Square, selling food and drinks.

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Wrapping up the Fourth of July activities will be the 26th annual Hell's Gate Fireworks Spectacular at Possum Kingdom Lake on Saturday, July 6. Sponsored by the PK Chamber of Commerce, gates for the show will open at 6:30 p.m. and close at 8:45 p.m. Cost will be $5 per person, and children 3 and under will get in for free. The public viewing area is at Camp Grady Spruce, located at the end of Park Road 36 at east side PK Lake.



Pam Gilmore and Leah Shifflett keep cool in the "Red, White & You" parade with a giant frozen yogurt cone on the Pam’s Health and Nutrition
Pam Gilmore and Leah Shifflett keep cool in the "Red, White & You" parade with a giant frozen yogurt cone on the Pam's Health and Nutrition float. (Carla McKeown)

Brian Christenson, right, signs a banner supporting U.S. troops on the morning of July 4, alongside his wife, Margaret Christenson, center, and her sister,
Brian Christenson, right, signs a banner supporting U.S. troops on the morning of July 4, alongside his wife, Margaret Christenson, center, and her sister, Lajuan Norvelle. The banner was posted in Downtown Graham during the Independence Day celebration Thursday. (Carla McKeown)