Local veteran pushes for Fourth of July parade

A Fulton veteran is looking to establish a new, patriotic tradition this summer.

In June 2011, David Beaver — commander of American Legion Post 2010 and a lifetime member of Fulton VFW Post 2657 — spoke to the Fulton City Council about putting on a parade on the Fourth of July holiday.

On Tuesday night, Beaver will approach the council with plans to celebrate the nation’s birthday.

“Basically, we’re going to try to do a parade. My suggestion is to start at the new park at the end of Court Street and go back up Court Street to the country club, because that’s where they do fireworks,” Beaver said. “We would start before noon — 10 or 10:30, 11 in the morning.”

Beaver said he and fellow American Legion and VFW members are working on securing large trailers for each branch of the military — Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and Coast Guard — on which they are hoping area active personnel, veterans and former members will ride.

They also plan to include trailers for law enforcement, ambulance and fire personnel as well.

“Basically what we’re trying to do is invite anybody who has served to protect our citizens,” Beaver said. “We’re also going to try to get military equipment, fire trucks, maybe an ambulance, and we’re in the process of asking all the scouts in the county if they want to walk.”

He said he would strongly encourage all service members — both past and present — to come out to participate.

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