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Generations celebrate independence at parade

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CANDY SCRAMBLE: Kade Kilgren walks back from the street victorious with a handful of Skittles at the Gas City parade on Thursday.
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PARADE: Gas City’s Fourth of July parade was held on Thursday. The parade included many first reponders, veterans and children.

by Ethan Clewell - eclewell@chronicle-tribune.com

Gas City's Fourth of July parade was held yesterday in the heat of the summer. The parade included first responders, many floats and enough candy to match Halloween.

The parade started at Mississinewa High School, went down First Street, then Main Street, and the floats were announced in front of City Hall.

The parade was full of patriotism in celebration of the country's independence. For members of AmVets Post 5 at the parade it was a moment they got to share with a younger generation.

“The more parades we can keep active in Grant County can give us a sense of community and brotherhood,” AmVets Post member Mark Jackson said.

Jackson says this parade in particular, is special for the amount of young people riding with them in the parade.

“They're going to be the ones that keep our organization going, and they are going to be the ones to make sure veterans' rights are protected,” Jackson said.

There were multiple youth teams in the parade throwing candy for other kids that were watching.

For Cody Bennie, this parade comes with helping his father Terrie Bennie, an Air Force mechanic who served during the Vietnam era, get the American Legion float ready.

Their float included a model ship of the USS Indianapolis that Terrie Bennie had built.

Cody Bennie believes the parade is another part of celebrating freedom.

“My whole definition of freedom is being able to enjoy what you do on a daily basis, such as this parade, sitting out by a fire, smoking a cigarette, drinking a beer,” Bennie said. “Just appreciate what veterans have done to give us this moment in our daily lives.”

The parade played just the beginning part of an all-day celebration in Gas City.