Patriotism, real reason for Independence Day on parade in Millsboro

MILLSBORO – Who wrote the Declaration of Independence?

Who from Delaware signed it?

Where was the document signed?

History of America’s independence was in the spotlight and patriotism was on parade Fourth of July morning at the 11th Annual Millsboro Kids Parade.

Red, white and blue were colors of the day for scores of children and adults, and even a canine, as participants in the event staged at the St. Mark’s Episcopal Church labyrinth.

“I like history and I think we have to hold onto our history even though we move forward,” said Millsboro Mayor John Thoroughgood. “Let us celebrate the 241 years of our independence and freedom in this great country we live in.”

Millsboro Police Chief Brian Calloway asked attendees “to remember those that have given their lives home and abroad and remember that freedom is never free. There is always a price that needs to be paid.”

Added Chief Calloway: “I see a lot of young faces here and hopefully they will be here as well with their children.”

Kids decked out in patriotic colors walked, rode in strollers and wagons and biked around the circular labyrinth.

“I think that children don’t have enough opportunities to do those kinds of things, to do patriotic activities and get involved,” said Gail White, a member of the St. Mark’s Outreach Committee. “That is why we want to keep it going. You can have a barbecue … but also realize what this day is really about.”

Dotty LeCates, founder of the event more than a decade ago, was unable to be involved in planning for this year’s event due to an immediate family health matter. But she was on hand, marveling at the children and the turnout. She was asked to play a key role in the program.

“All dressed in red, white and blue, showing their colors and proud of it,” said Ms. LeCates of the children. “This year I did not get to coordinate at all. However, I was asked to do the Pledge of Allegiance and that was a great honor for me. And to hear the mayor and the chief of police say, ‘this is part of the tradition, we’ll see you next year’ makes me even happier.”

Boy Scout Troop 382 presented the colors and Cathy Gorman led the audience in singing the National Anthem and God Bless America.

In keeping with a related Independence Day tradition, attendees were treated to grilled hotdogs, chips and cupcakes iced with a patriotic touch.


Answers to questions posed by Roberta Collins, St. Mark’s Outreach Committee member:

Who wrote the Declaration of Independence? Thomas Jefferson; a committee was formed, but Thomas Jefferson is usually credited with writing it.

Where was it signed? Philadelphia.

Who signed it from Delaware? Caesar Rodney, George Read, Thomas McKean.

What country were we declaring independence from? Great Britain.

Who was the King of England? King George III.

How many colonies were there? 13

During the Revolutionary War who was the head of the Continental Army? George Washington.


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