Event Pictorials
Parade of Thanks - 2011
May 21, 2011
The annual Parade of Thanks was held Saturday, under cloudy skies. The sixth annual Parade was a bit different this year, in that because of construction on US41 in downtown Hancock, it could not leave Houghton and cross the Bridge as usual.
This year's Color Guard was comprised of members of various Veterans Organizations. Parade Grand Marshall this year was Joe Tormala, of Chassell, a purple heart recipient as a result of wounds suffered in combat in Iraq, and who served in the Marines Corps 2011 Patriot of the Year Honors went to Rick Freeman, a Vietnam veteran, who has served with various local Police units, 4-H, Relay For Life, and for many years has been an important worker for the Houghton County Fair organization. The Junior Patriot of the Year honor went to Courtney Clisch, 15, for her volunteer activities, including singing at local senior citizen and charitable events. Our congratulations to all three honorees.
A vehicle from the U.S Army Reserves. A representative member of the U.S. Navy. And our U.S. Coast Guard, one of three patrol vessels stationed in the Waterway. Mary Altman, R.N., US Army, who served in WWII. Mary was a featured member in a previous Parade of Thanks. She is conveyed in a Disabled American Veterans vehicle.
Members of the Keweenaw Detachment, 1016, Marine Corps League. A nicely restored military Jeep and cargo carrier, by Paul and Judy Smigowski, both Veterans. Sanfred Mattila (L), representing himself and six other brothers who served in the Military, several of whom recently left our ranks. The Hancock High School Junior R.O.T.C. contingent.
A view of the Shelden Avenue crowd during a break in the Parade. Members of The Forgotten Eagles motorcycle team. Several of our many local Veterans walk to show their support for those who serve so that we can be free. Members of local Boy Scout Troops carry this massive American Flag.
Portage Health Services, serving our Community's health needs, show their support for those who serve our Country and Communities. Many families and individuals came out to show support. A few of the families who have members who are currently serving in the Armed Forces. These local Cub Scout troops came out to walk in support as well.
The Calumet High School Junior R.O.T.C. contingent. This family float shows more members currently serving. This float was by the Glad Tidings Church group And last, but not least, is the banner posted on the City of Hancock wall entering the City THANKS to all who serve our Country, and our Communities. Your sacrifices are deeply appreciated.
Photos: Roland Burgan r-burgan@charter.net
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