On behalf of Norwood’s newly-formed 4th of July Parade Committee, we would like to say that the Town of Norwood is a great place to be on our nation’s birthday. During this year’s 2008 parade – supposedly the first 4th of July parade since 1918 (this verified through several local old-timers) – at least half the town arrived, whether taking part in the parade or standing on the sidelines of Summit Street, clapping and cheering.
When we were planning and organizing the parade, it didn’t matter in the least if it was the smallest parade in Norwood history (or any town’s history for that matter). We wanted to celebrate the birth of the country we live in, exhibiting national pride in a place where purple mountain majesty and the many freedoms of living in a great country are visible on a daily basis. There was a feeling in the air that the parade might be bigger and better than ever expected, and so it was. If you build it, they will come, and boy, did they!
We had more entries in general, veterans, four-wheelers, children, motorcycles and spectators than ever expected. We filled Summit Street from end to end. And doing the parade on that alternate roadway, outside the auspices of our state government’s control and sans local law enforcement officers, provided a shady place for all to meet – some on their very own front porches gathered with family and friends – to enjoy the parade away from the busyness of main street.
Several years ago, a newer local made the statement that he was going to have t-shirts made that say, “Norwood Doesn’t Suck,” because he loved the place so much. Well, we do, too, because Norwood doesn’t “suck.” Norwood is a beautiful place to live, with hundreds of wonderful people. It makes us proud when an event such as this year’s parade comes together even better and larger than expected. Hopefully, Norwood’s 4th of July parade will be a new tradition that can be attended by everyone who lives in and loves Norwood, and all we have to do is walk a couple blocks from our homes for this enjoyment. Perhaps we’ll even get a fireworks show going by our local fire department (good luck, Guys and Gals) and get the Air Force to do their flyover on their way to T-Ride. Heck, we’re in the flight pattern. (The call has already been placed.)
We hope there are many of you who heard about the parade or witnessed it for yourselves that decide to stick around home next year for the 4th of July, to join friends and neighbors for an Independence Day tradition shared by towns and cities across the nation. And we hope you join us next year with your antique car, your children, your brand new motorcycle, or your proud steed. We’ve even gotten news that several people are already planning their 2009 float, so the competition will be fun and fierce.
Hey, Norwood – thanks for being such a great town. We love you.
– Your 4th of July Parade Committee; Janis Fillhart, Marie Jauregui, Bob McKeever, Kristen Parrino, Kristina Stellhorn, Anastasia Turner, Mariln Williams, and Barry Wyman A Big Thank You
I would like to thank the Telluride Foundation, Telluride Elks #692, Lone Cone Cattlewomen and the Norwood Roping Club for selecting me as their 2008 scholarship recipient.
I greatly appreciate your generosity, and will be using the scholarship money to pay for my tuition and fees at Fort Lewis College. I am very honored to receive these awards, for they will give me the opportunity to continue my educational career.
– Malisha Sutherlin