Loyalty Day Parade

Thursday, April 30, 2009
Photos by Steven Looney

Main street Mammoth Spring, was lined with lots of people on Saturday afternoon, April 25, to watch the Loyalty Day Parade. VFW Post 7831 and the Women's auxiliary of the post sponsor the annual parade, to honor the men and women soldiers, sailors, and Marines who have served this country to keep the freedoms we enjoy. Ladies of the Auxiliary carried a Loyalty Day banner with this year's theme, "Lighting the way for Veterans" to lead a Color Guard from Little Rock Air Force Base, and the Color Guard of veterans and women's auxiliary from the local VFW post 7831 with the American flag. This year's Grand Marshall, Clyde Mann, state and local officials of the VFW, the Mammoth Spring Fire Department, Spring River Shrine Club and their go cart performers, cars and truck carrying candidates for Mr. and Miss Buddy Poppy, a motorcycle, performers from RTO and the Mammoth Springs Marching Band all participated to make a nice parade. A ceremony to honor and thank veterans was presented at the Mammoth City Park. The American Flag was lowered while junior members of the women's auxiliary presented flags from different divisions of the military and POW's. Wreaths were placed at the base of the granite veterans memorial markers while a couple from Cave City sang "God Bless America." This year's pre-school Mr. and Miss Buddy Poppy are Morgan Johnson and Nathaneal Rogers. The Junior Mr. and Miss Buddy Poppy is Avery Turnbough and Sagen Godwin, Miss Rivers Avera was crowned as the Senior Buddy Poppy queen. The Poppy has been a sign of military veterans sacrifice sense 1922 After the ceremonies, lunch was served at the VFW hall.