Lewisburg, Union County -- A Fife and Drum band helped stir up patriotic pride along Market Street in Lewisburg Saturday for the 20th annual Union County Veterans 4th of July Parade. Hundreds lined the parade route for an early celebration of America's independence. "We don't have enough opportunities to honor America and especially this year the Gold Star families who have made the ultimate sacrifice," said Paul Donecker of Lewisburg. This year's parade was dedicated to families who lost a loved one in service to our country -- a reminder that freedom isn't free.
The sight of someone distributing free flags along the parade route only added to an event that makes many parade-goers proud to call themselves Americans. "It's just so patriotic. It makes us very proud of our country and honoring the veterans and the soldiers," said Marianne Motto of Mifflinburg. She like so many in the crowd makes the annual patriotic parade a family affair. "My daughter comes with me and my grandchildren and it's... we just love it."
A pipe band was just one of the many talented musical groups that helps attract parade goers to a city that feels like Hometown, USA. "It's wonderful. I think, you know, the community does a great job of just coming out and supporting this event," said Lewisburg native John Persing who is back in town to visit family. Mr. Donecker added, "It's really a great weekend and I think more and more people are coming to know Lewisburg and enjoy us because of the parade."
The patriotic weekend celebration in Lewisburg included a USO gala dinner dance Saturday night. A free screening of the movie "Saving Private Ryan" tomorrow afternoon at 2 o'clock at Bucknell University Campus Theatre.