Members of VFW Post 8870 and American Legion Post 66 once again led the way as Edmonds celebrated it’s annual “Edmonds Kind of 4th”. Veteran members acted as color guard to begin the parade and a large contingent followed the color guard, on foot (including our senior member Col. Buck Weaver) or in vehicles. Veterans participating were overwhelmed by the enthusiastic welcome and support expressed by the crowd. Edmonds, it seems, is very appreciative of its Veterans.
At left are Post Chaplain Fred Apgar and six of his seven grandchildren, suitably attired in matching patriotic T-shirts The kids came all the way from Long Island and Nashville to march in the Parade with Grandpa.
Also, many thanks to Fred for his ongoing support as the stalwart head photographer for our little publication.
Edmonds is a town that loves its veterans. I know that most of you reading this have never walked in a parade (notice I did not say march) so you have no idea of the reception we receive leading the Fourth of July parade every year. This year, thanks to Chris Edwards, we had 5 Humvees, and thanks to the Military Vehicle Collectors, we had 5 WWII vintage jeeps. With that many rides, anyone who wished to ride could do so although a bunch of us walked the mile long route. With approximately 10,000 folks lining the parade route, it is truly one of the best small town parades in the country. Two of our members, Jim Blossey, Commander, and Mike Den-ton, were MC’s of the parade and made sure to announce our arrival to the crowd as we passed by. We always have a combined parade with VFW Post 1040 from Lynnwood, American Legion Post 66, and this year we welcomed student veterans from Edmonds Community College, Next year we are anticipating opening up the parade to other Posts and veterans organizations who may not have a parade in their community. Hopefully, a few more of our Post members will chose to join us. Following the parade next year, we will be having our annual BBQ at the American Legion Hall on 6th Ave. S.
Believe it or not, the 4th of July is here again. As in the past, we will be forming up at 6th and Main at 1130 hours and stepping off at 1200. For those of you who haven’t attended the parade, if you wish to park anywhere close to the rally point, you’ll need to be there by 1030 at the latest. We will have the American Legion Hall open so you can have a seat there if you arrive early. This year we will have 4 Jeeps (hopefully) and 3 Humvees so there should be room for all those who wish to ride. The route is .9 miles so a lot of us will walk. Unlike prior years, our annual picnic will be the following day, July 5th. We found that it was too difficult to navigate across town when 10,000 people were leaving at the same time. For those of you who haven’t participated in the past, I would urge you to do so, The crowd loves the veterans and we love the crowd. Be sure to bring your cover.