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July 4th Parade Committee Thanks Community for Support

he East Longmeadow 4th of July Parade Committee wishes to take this opportunity to thank all of the people, businesses, and organizations that provided support for the 2008 4th of July Parade. Without their support we would not have been able to celebrate our independence and pay respect to our veterans or our military men and women who have or currently maintain our freedom.

Special Thanks to: The Citizens & Taxpayers of the Town of East Longmeadow, All of our Band & Unit Sponsors, Area & Community Organizations, Area & Community Businesses, Acre's Power Equipment, The 99 Restaurant & Pub, Custom Auto Body, Elmcrest Country Club, Fenway Golf, Roy Esposito & Hartline, Inc., The Hellyer Family, Maybury Material Handling, Mt. Tom Amateur Repeaters Association for Communications, Reminder Publications, Normandeau Trucking, Northern Construction, Roy's Decorating, St. Michael's Parish, Stop & Shop Supermarket, Pride Gas Station, Various Town Departments & Offices.

Congratulations to all of the participants in this year's House Decorating Contest as you continue to show your patriotic spirit. The number and detail shown by this year's participants made the judging exceptionally difficult. Keep up the good work.

This years winners are: 1st Place 102 North Main Street, Richard Gardner & Sandra Cimino. 2nd Place 2 Melody Lane, The Anderson Family. 3rd Place 27 Hanward Hill, The King Family.

Congratulations to the following musical groups: Most Entertaining Musical Unit Hartford Steel Symphony. Best Fife & Drum Corps Windsor Fife & Drum. Best Marching Musical Unit Springfield Kilties. Best Drum Major East Longmeadow High School Band.

Congratulations to the following floats: Patriotic Division: 1st Place South Hadley Parade Committee; 2nd Place East Longmeadow Small Business Association; 3rd Place Lenox/American Saw Co. Open Division: 1st Place Springfield Elks Lodge; 2nd Place Opa Opa Steak House; 3rd Place Springfield Colleen; 4th Place Chicopee Mouse Club.

Congratulations to the following fire departments: Best Appearing 2000 Series Pumper Southwick Fire Department. Best Appearing Pumper 70's, 80's, 90's Series Agawam Fire District. Best Appearing Tanker Somers Fire Department, Somers, Conn. Best Rescue Unit Shaker Pines Fire District, Enfield, Conn. Best Brush Truck Enfield Fire District, Enfield, Conn.

And finally a special thank you to all of the Banner Carriers and Parade Marshals. Your hard work and the support given during the parade allow the Parade Committee to provide a quality and family oriented parade each year.

The parade committee is also interested in your input/feedback on the parade. Please send your comments to or P.O. Box 828, East Longmeadow, MA. 01028.

Thanks to your support at the 2008 Town Meeting, the Parade committee has started working on next year's parade.

Information about the parade is available throughout the year at the committee's Web site

This program is supported in part by a grant from the East Longmeadow Cultural Council, a local agency, which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

East Longmeadow 4th of July Parade Committee