One spirited Fourth

Thanks to many volunteers who set up, pulled off town's many activities

By Ken Esten Cooke—

A children’s parade, followed by the regular parade, a patriotic program and bursts of fireworks. These events all helped make Fredericksburg the place to be on the Fourth of July — celebrating freedom with events and flag-waving in our small town picture of Americana. These events were parts of what makes it great to live here.

But these events don’t happen by themselves. They require lots of planning and coordination before, during and after the events. We want to give kudos to those who helped organize and all those who volunteered their time and talents to put on events throughout the day so we could all revel in our American freedoms.

Many thanks to Daryl Whitworth and Helen McDonald for doing the lions share of the organization.

Thanks also to Tami King, the county’s veterans service officer, who rounded up a large number of female military veterans from throughout the Hill Country. While we always praise our veterans, it was a nice touch to honor the females who served both during war time and peace time.

McDonald and Joe Kammlah also put together a wonderful patriotic program at Marktplatz following the parade. Keynote speaker Lt. Cmdr. Michele Maasberg reminded us of what our freedoms mean, while Mayor Jeryl Hoover crooned with the great Ted Conerly and the Sentimental Journey Orchestra. Thanks to all others who took part, from the Fredericksburg High School Navy Junior ROTC, to the Fredericksburg Theater Company members, who sang two numbers from “Oklahoma!”

We also thank local pilot Fred Mooney for “aerial support.” Mooney and other volunteer pilots arranged a flyover of five L birds. 

Last, but certainly not least, we thank Jimmy Alexander, director of the city’s parks and recreation division, who helped organize the fantastic fireworks display on Thursday night. Again, Alexander had lots of assistance, including volunteer firemen who stood by in case things got out of hand.

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