Rather than berate, volunteer
by Neil Gray
July 08, 2004
Brandi Conway's impression of the Fourth of July in Ketchikan
prompted my response. Over the years, including the years I chaired
the Chamber Of Commerce Parade, I never experienced a "lame"
July 4. My impression is the Fourth of July is for ALL Americans
no matter if they are residents of the community, or if they
are visitors. What's the big problem with a community benefiting
from the visitations of cruise ships? I always found it quite
interesting mingling with them and engaging in any kind of small
talk. I recall our Parade committee inviting the crews from the
ships in port on the 4th to participate in the Parade. On several
occasions the bands and entertainers from the ships were the
only music we had in the parade other than recorded music from
a boom box. We even had crews from the Navy ships in port marching
in the Parade.
I was extremely happy to see my friend Miss Lillian selected
as Grand Marshall. I remember her for her smile and friendliness
all the time. Good job! The pictures being shown on this website
make me miss the July 4th celebrations I enjoyed over the years
in Ketchikan. One of the most impressive aspects of the 4th will
always stay with me. That is Ken Eichner piloting a Temsco helicopter
flying the American and Alaska flags high above the waterfront.
So, rather than berate one of the last remaining small town July
4 celebrations remaining, enjoy it. Find the positive side. If
you don't like it, volunteer to help make it better next year.
Consider the alternative. Maybe next year Brandi would like Saddam
Hussein as the Grand Marshall.
Lakeside, CA - USA
4th of July by Brandi Conway - Ketchikan, AK - USA
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