Last updated: April 02. 2014 12:45PM - 170 Views
By Lenny C. Lepola newsguy@ee.net

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Last year’s Independence Day Parade in Sunbury was a memorable patriotic event that honored Big Walnut area World War II veterans, each riding in a separate convertible and individually recognized as they stopped in front of the parade’s announcer’s stand. Now in their late 80’s and 90’s, nationally WWII vets are passing away at the rate of 550 each day, according to the latest Veteran’s Administration statistics, making the parade a fitting tribute to those who served in that war.

Korean War veterans are also an aging group. That war was not even officially called a war, but a Police Action involving 5,720,000 United States service members between 1950 and 1953. Veterans of the Korean conflict are also an aging population group, today in their late 70s and beyond.

Donna Evans organized the 2013 WWII veterans group recognized during the 2013 Village of Sunbury Fourth of July Parade; and Evans is organizing the 2014 Independence Day Parade, An American Journey, as a tribute to Big Walnut area Korean War Veterans.

“During this year’s Fourth of July Parade we’ll be honoring all Korean War veterans and they can be from anywhere,” Evans said. “Last year we even had a couple of World War II veterans from Johnstown. It doesn’t matter where they’re from — Johnstown, Delaware, Westerville — if they contact us we’ll make certain that they’re included in the parade.”

Evans said Korean War vets will all be riding on a Freedom Train that they’re renting, and Korean War veterans can contact Evans for details about how to be included in the special Independence Day event.

“We’re also looking for musical groups and bands of any kind to be included in the parade,” Evans said. “We can provide trailers, but they must be able to amplify their sound along the parade route. As always, we will need convertibles for parade dignitaries to ride in.”

For additional information about including a Korean War Veteran in the 2014 Village of Sunbury Independence Day Parade, or to volunteer a convertible for parade use and chauffeur a dignitary, contact Donna Evans at 740-965-2119 or email Evans at < memadonna9@yahoo.com >.

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