Patriotism, pure and simple, at Greencastle's Fourth of July celebration

July 04, 2008|By JENNIFER FITCH

GREENCASTLE, Pa. -- Voices joined in "The Star-Spangled Banner" rose from where dozens of people were nestled in a grove of trees for the seventh annual Greencastle-Antrim Fourth of July celebration.

There was nothing necessarily flashy about the event -- resurrected from early 20th-century tradition -- but the simplicity and patriotism suited those gathered just fine.

"I like all the people who speak, what they speak about and the history," said Mabel Hogue, from Chambersburg, Pa.

She and her husband, DeWayne Hogue, joined family at the event for the second time. DeWayne Hogue described the celebration as "an excellent community program" and said he was glad to see his old friend, Greencastle Mayor Robert Eberly.

Six-year-old twins Sam and Ben Wesley came from Prospect Park, Pa., to visit their grandparents this week. They donned flag T-shirts and had their faces painted for the children's parade, joining about 15 other youngsters led around Tayamentasachta Environmental Center by local comedian Russ Clever.


Siblings Cole, Conor and Céci Widder found costumes for the parade from their grandmother's attic. Céci, 5, grabbed a cowgirl hat and rode a stick horse for the parade, while her brothers dressed up like the Statue of Liberty and a Civil War soldier.

The trio were visiting from Texas this week and made trips to the battlefields in Gettysburg, Pa., and the city of Philadelphia.

"We went to see the Liberty Bell," Cole said.

He said the importance of Independence Day "is that our country is free."

The celebration also included the "most patriotic family" contest, a children's group photograph, music, rides on a Thomas the Tank Engine tractor, recognition of veterans, and a watermelon party.

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