Photos: Rachael Hazelbaker Hamilton/The Informer

The West Union Lion’s Club is pleased to announce the selection of Tony and Peggy Staggs as the Grand Marshal’s for the annual Independence Day Parade in West Union.

“Throughout their lives, Tony and Peggy have generously contributed to the community and we are pleased to recognize these outstanding citizens and honor their noteworthy accomplishments,” said Stephen Caraway of the West Union Lion’s Club.  “They have worked hard and given so much time and energy into the community that we call home.”

According to Tony Staggs, his family never misses the annual parade.  “I have attended every year for as long as I can remember,” said Staggs.  This year, Tony and Peggy will have a different view of the event.  “I’ve always had my kids and now grandsons there, and we always watch from our normal spot at the National Bank parking lot.”  

According to Matthew Sheeley, President of the West Union Lions Club, there will be some changes at the event this year.  According to the club, candy and handouts are prohibited and while entries can have walkers, they are required to stay six feet away from spectators.  To comply with current Ohio Department of Health orders, the event is also known as the “4th of July Processional”.   

“We are excited to continue one of our community’s longest traditions,” said Club President Matthew Sheeley.  The club encourages all local businesses, organizations and individuals to come and have an entry in the parade or be a spectator.  Line-up will commence near the historic Wayside Inn beginning at 9 a.m. and step-off will be at 10 a.m.  

The parade will be broadcast live on C103 and streamed live via a link on the West Union Lions Club Facebook page.  

The West Union Lions Club is one of the last remaining community service organizations in West Union, now celebrating its 88th year.  

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