Youthful patriotism on colorful parade at St. Mark’s in Millsboro

MILLSBORO – Red, white and blue were the colors of the day on the Fourth of July at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Millsboro.

Several dozen youngsters on foot, in strollers and on bikes plus a couple canines sporting patriotic colors took part in the 12th Annual Children’s Parade and Program.

The 4th of July tradition was again hosted by the St. Mark’s Church.

“This,”said Gale White of St. Mark’s Outreach Committee, “is for the kids.”

“Each year gets better and better,” said Dotty LeCates, the founder of the parade that was born in conjunction with the birth of the church labyrinth. “This is our 12th year, the birthday of the labyrinth and prayer circle for the community. It is also the birthday of our country.”

Among the invited guests: Millsboro Mayor John Thoroughgood and Millsboro Police Chief Brian Calloway.

“As we celebrate 242 years of our independence … we do it by fireworks, we do it with picnics and we also do it by children’s parades,” said Mayor Thoroughgood. “I’d like to take the time to thank all the veterans, women and men, who have and are serving in our military. We can’t thank them enough for the protection they give to these great lands we call America.”

“It’s my honor to be here today and it’s also my honor to be the chief of police here at the Millsboro Police Department,” said Chief Calloway. “I wanted to give thanks to our first responders, who we just saw with that ambulance, and also those police officers and troopers that are out there right now, making this holiday what it is. Also, I want to thank the church for putting this on … because even through our differences, what this event, the Fourth of July means to me is you can put those differences aside and remember what it is to be … Americans. So, thank you and God bless.”

Popular singer Cathy Gorman led the gathering in singing the “National Anthem” and “God Bless America.”

The event doubled with some education. Roberta Collins quizzed youngsters and adults with “Fun Facts” about Independence Day and the Revolutionary War.

Among this year’s brain-teasers:

  • Who from Delaware signed the Declaration of Independence? Answer: Caesar Rodney, George Read, Thomas McKean;
  • Where was the Declaration of Independence signed? Answer: Philadelphia, Independence Hall;
  • Where were the first shots of the Revolutionary War fired? Answer: Massachusetts, the Battles of Lexington and Concord.

Scouts from Girl Scout Troop 410 and Boy Scout Troop 382 of Dagsboro presented the colors.

Carol Huston again served as grand marshal for the parade. After participants circled the labyrinth several times, hot dogs, chips, cookies, homemade rice pudding and cool drinks were served.

A children’s activity table provided patriotic coloring pages.

Millsboro Fire Department provided ice for drinks.

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