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Red White and Blue…and Everything in Between.

…or, how I spent my 4th of July holiday.

Much of my family lives in Huntington County, and we usually spend quite a bit of time with them around various holidays. The 4th of July is no different – I love getting together with cousins, aunts, and uncles to watch the fireworks; visiting and snacking on tasty treats.

This year, however, things were a little different since it rained all day on Saturday, but it didn’t dampen our spirits too much! Friday evening we went to Warren, IN for the Salamonie Summer Festival parade. It’s one of those good old fashioned parades, brimming with old tractors, patriotism, and of course, a marching band.

Town Hall, downtown Warren IN.

Town Hall, downtown Warren IN.

The theme for this year’s parade was “Let Freedom Ring – A Salute to our Heroes.” Look, here it comes!

Let Freedom Ring - A Salute to Our Heroes

Let Freedom Ring - A Salute to Our Heroes

Following the banner was the Honor Guard…

Honor Guard

Honor Guard

Honor Guard

Honor Guard

Honor Guard

Honor Guard

The USS Salamonie was a Cimarron-class fleet replenishment oiler which sailed during WWII; during the last years of the war, the ship supported the Allied operations in the Philippines. After the war, the USS Salamonie served as an oiler from the 1950’s – 1960’s; in 1958 the Salamonie was part of Navy Task Force 88, which was involved in conducting nuclear tests in the very high atmosphere. There is a museum located in Warren dedicated to the history of the USS Salamonie…

USS Salamonie Veterans

USS Salamonie Veterans

It was quite moving to watch a lot of the veterans pass by; I couldn’t help but tear up!

Now, I’m not one to camp, but I have to say I wouldn’t mind if I had one of these beauties!

Teardrop Camper

Teardrop Camper

…hard to pass by a man in uniform!

Color Guard

Color Guard

…and I have to include a shot of my Uncle and his sons in the Huntington County Rescue van…

Huntington County Rescue van

Huntington County Rescue van

Once the emergency vehicles passed through, I could hear a familiar sound in the distance. I’ll always have a place in my heart for the bands! To my surprise we were entertained by this wonderful drum corps from Dayton Ohio…

TRSS Drum Corps

TRSS Drum Corps

…as you can see, there are a variety of ages in this group. I felt kind of bad for the smaller guys – they seemed to be having a hard time keeping up!

TRSS Drum Corps

TRSS Drum Corps

TRSS Drum Corps

TRSS Drum Corps

TRSS Drum Corps

TRSS Drum Corps

This was one determined bass drummer!

TRSS Drum Corps

TRSS Drum Corps

TRSS Drum Corps

TRSS Drum Corps

…and now for something completely different!

Tractor, pt 1

Tractor, pt 1

Tractor pt 2

Tractor pt 2

I have to get one of these little guys…

Hey, kid!

Hey, kid!

…and one of these…

Pony tails

Pony tails

…and definitely one of these!

Pug-a-licious!

Pug-a-licious!

Oh heck, while we’re at it, throw in one of these, too!

Chevy Bel Air

Chevy Bel Air

…yeah, just like that…

Chevy Bel Air

Chevy Bel Air

Shoot, I’d even take one of these…y’all…

Tractor pt 3

Tractor pt 3

So…what did you do this 4th of July?

2 Comments

  1. Vanilla and Thyme

    Your photos are beautiful! We’ll miss you a blogspot, but it looks like your new home is more comfortable. Keep up the great work- 🙂

  2. thepeachmartini

    Thank you, Vanilla and Thyme! That made my morning 🙂

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