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"Star Spangled Spectacular" draws huge crowds

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STORM LAKE, Iowa (KTIV) -

Americans across the country showed their patriotic side on July 4th, and thousands of people in our area flocked to one Northwest Iowa town for the annual "Star Spangled Spectacular."

Two-hundred-thirty-eight years ago our country gained its independence, and many in Storm Lake said July 4th is an important day to stop and reflect on our freedom.

"I just think we need a special day to remember and think about it more so than we do every other day," Shelley Flaherty, of Alta, IA, said.

"It feels nice because it's a free country," Sydney Laird, of Kansas City, MO, said.

"It's just a celebration of the wars," Marvin Wiese, of Galva, IA, said.

Thousands of people in red, white, and blue lined the streets for the "Star Spangled Spectacular Big Parade." Fire engines, local businesses, and many veterans took part in the patriotic procession down the lakeshore.

"We usually come to the parade. We come up here and watch. Usually, my favorite part would be the candy," Makenna Laird, of Kansas City, MO, said.

"You see people all around you haven't seen for a while. You're visiting, celebrating all the veterans that are in the float, in the parade. It's just nice to see all the patriotic, coming together as a country," Flaherty said.

"For all veterans, it's special because it brings in patriotism, and like us guys, we all get together, ride in the parade. We all are really impressed today by the crowds that they had here," AMVETS Post 66 Palmer Olson said.

And, that's why July 4th is so significant for Olson who also played a role in a special ceremony that recognized all those who fought to defend our freedom.

"I think almost everyday myself, I think about how lucky we are to live in this country and do what we want to do," Olson said.

Along with honoring those who've served our country, the day is also special to many for other reasons.

"It's a good bonding time with my family, and obviously, I love my country, so it's fun to be out here," Michaela Sliefert, of Overland Park, KS, said.

This love for our country and appreciation for our freedom unites us all.

 

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