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Boy Scouts Pack and Troop 260 take top float honors.

Kaskaskia College float takes second place.

The Meyer family won first place in the motorized division for this entry.

The Centralia Elks won the marching unit award with their U.S. Flag entry.

Flags Provide Theme For Most Entries In Centralia 4th of July Veterans Parade

By Bruce Kropp, WJBD News

Boy Scouts Pack and Troop 260 with a theme of Snoopy and the Red Baron took top honors in the float division of the Greater Centralia Area Veterans Fourth of July Parade Thursday morning.   Their float was titled “Let Freedom Fly-21 Flag Salute”.   Second place went to Kaskaskia College.  Their  float announced the new ROTC program and featured several veterans.  

Kaskaskia College President Dr. Jim Underwood served as parade Grand Marshall. "Extremely proud to have been chosen Grand Marshal.  This is all about honoring veterans today (Thursday) and our national birthday.  Centralia does it in a big way. We're proud to be very patriotic and supportive of veterans at Kaskaskia College as well.  This Veterans Tribute project out at the college is really a shrine to recognize veterans past and present as well as room to recognize those who will serve in the future," said Underwood.  

Mayor Tom Ashby, who rode through the parade with members of the Centralia City Council, thanked the veterans and the sponsoring committee for putting on the event.  "I just want to thank everyone for coming out on this beautiful day to celebrate our freedom and the idea that we can actually be able celebrate days like this every day," said Ashby.  "I think it is great that we can honor and commemorate our veterans of former wars."  

In other awards, the Meyer Family won the award for best motorized unit.  Their entry saluted veterans and listed members of their family in the military. The Daughters of the American Revolution took second.  They had a flag display in the bed of a pickup truck.  The Centralia Elks took first for Marching Unit with their large U.S. flag that about a dozen members moved down both lanes of West Broadway.  Dana Renee' Watkins took second for her decorated bike.  

After the parade, the Kaskaskia College Veterans committee drew for the winner of the Trip for Two to Las Vegas through Centralia Travel.  The winner was Carol Green of Centralia.  The Veterans committee raised about $5,000 through the sale of raffle tickets.  The committee is getting close to raising the amount needed to pay for Phase one of the project that is expected to be dedicated in late summer or early fall. 

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