Monday, July 04, 2005

Jerome's July 4th, 2005 Parade

This post is a works in progress - I'm posting what I have now, and will finish up over the next few days.

A little hokey? A little too down home?

Maybe, but I like Jerome's annual 4th of July Parade.

I've noticed over the years that more, and more groups have found their place in the procession. There's just something to be said about a small town 4th of July Parade.
It's hard to describe, sort of like going back in time - to a kinder, and gentler era. One where everyone knew their neighbors, and looked out for them.

The odd thing is that Jerome is completely surrounded by a much larger community - Springfield. So perhaps it's all an illusion - but's it's also possible, that it's what we, who live in Jerome, make of it.

The following series of photos were taken at the corner of Alberta Lane, and Filmore.
The parade commenced Saturday, July 2nd, 9:00 a.m., at the Village Hall, which is located at 2901 Leonard Street.

In the lead is Jerome's Finest!

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Patriotic Bicycles (I've prepared many a bicycle for my own child)

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Grand Marshall (I blanked out their names. Residents 56 Years!)

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Babies on Parade!

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Springfield, Illinois' Fire Truck - Thanks SFD, For All You Do!

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Hey, Wait! Who let this clown behind the wheel? Oh, it's alright, the monkey's driving! What would a parade be without the Shriners?

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Some Proud Veterans Bearing Our Nation's Colors!

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Wait! Aren't these guys a little young to have fought in the Civil War?

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The Ansar Arab Patrol Are Always A Blast!

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Great Care, Great Respect, The VFW Color Guard.

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Doing the Polka is a July 4th Tradition in Jerome!

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More to Come!


Anonymous said...

You might want to come to the Jerome board meeting Thursday, July 7 at 7:00 PM to find out what is REALLY going on in Jerome.

JeromeProphet said...

Don't tell me!

Yet another proposal on dealing with the stray cats population?

Son, we live in a world that has walls, and those walls have to be guarded by men with guns. Whose gonna do it? You? You, Lt. Weinburg? I have a greater responsibility than you could possibly fathom. You weep for Santiago, and you curse the marines. You have that luxury. You have the luxury of not knowing what I know. That Santiago's death, while tragic, probably saved lives. And that my existence, while grotesque and incomprehensible to you, saves lives. You don't want the truth because deep down in places you don't talk about at parties, you want me on that wall, you need me on that wall. We use words like honor, code, loyalty. We use these words as the backbone of a life spent defending something. You use them as a punchline. I have neither the time nor the inclination to explain myself to a man who rises and sleeps under the blanket of the very freedom that I provide, then questions the manner in which I provide it. I would rather you just said thank you, and went on your way, Otherwise, I suggest you pick up a weapon, and stand a post. Either way, I don't give a damn what you think you are entitled to.

Marie said...

I was just going to say great pictures, JP, and thanks for taking those of us who couldn't be there to the parade. But, suddenly, I find myself standing at attention and saluting. Ten-hut! There's an officer on deck.

JeromeProphet said...

Here, let me finish what I was saying in my prior comment.

I CAN'T HANDLE THE TRUTH of what's REALLY going on in Jerome.

Anonymous said...

There are some of us in the Village who are concerned with all the money being spent by the Board in the last four years, and the increase in fees to pay for it. Also, when asked we are being blocked from getting any information. Whgat happened to Freedom of Speech - more of you residents need to come to the meetings.

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