Fourth of July Parade Honors Veterans, Unites Community

By KBJR News 1

July 4, 2012 Updated Jul 4, 2012 at 7:32 PM CDT

Superior, WI (Northland's NewsCenter) - For Superior resident Ron Dembrosky, going to the annual 4th of July parade, in Superior, is a tradition he loves passing on to his grandchildren.

"We're here with the grandkids. We come every year—it's a great thing! They enjoy it, and it's very patriotic, and we all have a great time," said Dembrosky.

...the same goes for Jason Labare, and his children: "We go every year—try and go every year. We have two kids; my boy is 9, my little girl is 4."

According to Dembrosky, events, like the parade, help teach the youth about remembering, and honoring, our nation's veterans: "They see the veterans that have come by, and what they've done for this country. It helps them get a little perspective on it."

Labare says the parade is also a great way for kids to celebrate their passions: "My daughter loves the cheerleaders, and the dance line, and all that. She dances along with them."

Many Superior residents agreed, however, that this year's celebration is especially significant for the Northland, as it unites a community that's undergone its share of suffering in the wake of major flooding.

"People lost their homes, people lost their businesses. And, to have everyone come out, and have a good time, and come together and celebrate Independence Day—it's wonderful. Put all the hard times aside, and just enjoy our 4th," said Lebare.

"When you can get together like this, and celebrate something that's good for the whole country, I think it's great. And, it brings the whole community together, and it's just a wonderful thing," said Dembrosky.

...honoring the sacrifices of the past, while moving forward in the wake of disaster.