4th OF JULY PARADE
4th Of July Parade - Lutz, FL
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Sun 'N Fun Vettes participated in the Lutz, FL 4th of July parade with the Marine Forever Veterans group that meets in Lutz regularly. This was the third time that Marines Forever was in the parade. Randy R. joined this group some months ago and I asked if our club could be included and carry Vets in our Vettes. We had 7 cars and five riders. Unfortunately two of the riders ran late and couldn't get through because roads had been blocked off. Our Vettes were decorated and the crowds loved seeing the veterans riding on top of them.....they shouted 'See ya next year'. It was a very hot day but we had plenty of water. Harold W. carried the founder of the Marines Forever group with our club sign. Merv carried Sgt Garrett P. representing veterans of Afghanistan, John K. carried Korean War Marine Cpl. Olsteen, Marine GySgt Randy R. representing veterans of the Vietnam era was driven by Bill Towsen, Jerry M. and Gary M. rode proudly with sign's of their riders who couldn’t make it to the parade. Wayne and Butch C. brought up the rear with club signs waving vigorously to the crowd. Nancy ran beside and took pictures. The crowd, including children was really enthusiastic, waving to us and saying over and over how much they appreciated the veterans . . .AND . . .how much they liked the Vettes. We were very excited to learn that the corvettes put the Marine's Forever Group 'Over the top' and the unit won the Judges’ Choice trophy out of 68 participating units. Afterwards we went to the Breakfast Nook and had a great breakfast/lunch meal outside.
The group at our marshalling point
Nancy made signs for our cars
Signs tell which vet or dignitary is riding
Gary & Polly are about ready
We had 7 cars
. . and a neat way to mount the signs
John's about ready
Jerry & Vilawan are about ready
. . and they don't scratch the cars
Merve's about ready
Wayne & Butch are about ready
Last minute checks
Randy waiting til the last minute to put on that hot coat
Gunny Randy R & comrade, Sgt Garrett P.
Harold W. carried the founder of the Marine Forever group
Vilawan says "Get this show on the road ...it"s hot out here"
Harold heading out
Our cars are ready to roll
The marines agree . . it's time to roll
John on the road with his rider - a Korean War vet
Afghanistan vet, Sgt Garrett being driven by Merve W.
Gary & Polly flying the Colors
The crowd was huge in spite of the heat
The crowd loved the vets in Vettes
Gary & Polly pass in review
The crowd yelling, "Thanks for your service"
Jerry & Vilawan with sign honoring absent Vietnam vet
Here comes Randy. Yaaayyyy !!
Sgt Garrett P.
Wayne & Butch C.
When it was all over, our vets in Vettes won the top prize - The Judges' Choice Trophy
Next stop - FOOD !!
John, Bill, Gary, Polly, Randy & Nancy
Gary & Polly
The Breakfast Nook - a neat place
Vilawan, Joan & Merve
John K (HEY !! I was SECOND !!)
Pretty good menu
Butch & Wayne
The group (missing Harold W.)