The streets of West Union were full of patriotic Americans on Sunday afternoon to watch one of West Union’s longest running traditions: the annual Independence Day parade. The 68th annual event had nearly 100 entries featuring local civic groups, churches, elected officials, businesses, emergency services, and families.
The Grand Marshalls of the parade were David and Nancy Hook of West Union. The Hook family has been active in the community for many years and David is a longtime member of the Lions Club.
“The turnout was fantastic,” said Matthew Sheeley, President of the West Union Lions Club. A special thanks to our Lions members who volunteer their time each year to put on this community event.” Sheeley also thanked the many parade participants and attendees for being there for the parade each year.
The parade route was lined with military banners and flags that made for a picture-perfect day. “The Lions Club is happy to partner with community volunteer and business owner Paul Brown on the banners,” said Sheeley. “They have been a labor of love of Mr. Brown and the support of the community on this project has been amazing.”
Following the parade, the community enjoyed a picnic at the West Union United Methodist Church with a concern featuring the Liberty Band, now celebrating its 121st year of service.