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    (THOMAS WALLNER | THE GRAHAM LEADER) Visitors line the Graham downtown square for the 2017 Independence Day Parade. The event this year will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, July 4 on the downtown square. Applications for entries in the parade are being accepted through Monday, June 27.

Applications being accepted for Independence Day Parade

Three local nonprofit veterans service organizations, with the support of the Graham Chamber of Commerce and Convention and Visitors Bureau, will be hosting the Independence Day Parade in July. Applications for parade participation are being accepted through the end of June.

The “Let Freedom Ring” Independence Day Parade will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, July 4 on the Graham downtown square. The event will be managed by the nonprofit veteran service organizations the American Volunteer Reserve, Young County Warrior Ranch and the American Legion Post 34.

Before the parade will be a presentation for Independence Day starting at 9 a.m. at the Young County Courthouse gazebo. Following will be a wreath laying and flag folding ceremony at the Young County Memorial. Service star flags will be presented by the AVR to Young County families who have a family member currently serving in the military. The AVR will honor the veterans who have died since the last July 4 ceremony with the missing man bell roll call. Certificates of honor and gratitude will be presented to Young County honorees just before the parade begins.

Applications for participation in the parade must be returned by Monday, June 27 to 215 Eastpark Drive, Graham, TX 76450, or emailed to gknoxb2@gmail.com. Applications can be picked up at the Graham Chamber of Commerce office or The Graham Leader office. Examples of entries include floats, bands, bicycles, military and veterans’ groups, walkers, horses and vehicles. Entries that require a vehicle must provide their own and have a patriotic theme and decorations.

For the full story, see the Saturday, June 18 edition of The Graham Leader.

The Graham Leader

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Graham, Texas 76450
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