Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN


July 10, 2014

Celebrating the Fourth of July

CROSSVILLE — DAR Children’s Parade includes about 100 youths

A big round of applause goes to all the children and parents who came out for the Crab-Orchard Chapter of the DAR's annual Fourth of July children’s parade.  

The decorations were spectacular! This year there were more than 100 children participating in the parade.

The chapter would like to give a big thank you to the city for allowing them to have the parade and the police for keeping all the children safe.  But, most of all thank you to Jamie Holland of Blue Bell Creameries in Knoxville, which provided them with the ice cream for the children and parents.

Pro-Troop Rally pays tribute to those who serve

A large audience gathered at the County Court House July 4th to observe the 8th annual Pro-Troop Rally, a tribute to those who serve or have served the country and the community.

This annual event was created by Crossville resident Debbie Towns, who organizes and schedules the many participants who make this event a success. The program included civic leaders and many talented musicians, both vocal and instrumental, and included a parade on Main St. of many local children riding a variety of vehicles. This parade was organized by the Crab Orchard chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

The City Police Honor Guard and the local Young Marines Chapter presented the colors and led the Pledge of Allegiance.

A special unit of the local Police Department presented an impressive demonstration of trained animals who assist the department in their crime fighting efforts. The Crossville Fire Department's ladder truck raised the U. S. flag in the middle of Main St., which was closed for the ceremony and parade.

Local vocalists and musicians who performed many patriotic songs were Jay Fox, Terri Utsey, "T" Shurmur, D. J. Garrison and Jerry Clouse. Joe White rendered trumpet solos of Reveille and Taps. Several local organizations also presented tributes, and recognition of Cumberland County soldiers who died in each of the nation's wars was presented in a bell ringing ceremony by Andrew Benson and Russell Cope.

The audience included many veterans from all wars.  Large bed sheets were provided for interested parties to sign. These will be sent to Cumberland County active duty personnel serving in foreign countries.

Another highlight of the day was the collection of a generous donation for Marine Sgt. Christopher Hancock, a double amputee who was severely injured in Afghanistan in 2011. Hancock, a 2005 graduate of Cumberland County High School, attended the rally with several family members, and was recognized and honored for the significant sacrifice he made in defending our nation.

The rally will continue in future years, and all residents are invited and encouraged to attend this very


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