Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Heroes to be honored during Plymouth’s annual Thanksgiving parade

Friends, Please enjoy your giving of thanks, and share the bounty with our disadvantaged brothers and sisters. Be with family and friends and become renewed. Then continue the struggle for peace with justice. Best wishes to all, Kagiso, Max Heroes to be honored during Plymouth’s annual Thanksgiving parade By Edward Donga The Patriot Ledger Posted Nov 16, 2013 @ 05:00 AM PLYMOUTH — Heroes are the theme of this year’s America’s Hometown Thanksgiving Parade, and organizers plan to recognize heroes from every era of the nation’s history. The parade will be held next Saturday, starting at 11 a.m. Olly deMacedo, executive director of the parade, said the heroes theme grew out of a float that was designed to honor the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing and the first responders who came to their aid. “We’re honoring them for what they went through, and we’re thankful for the people who survived and the people who helped,” deMacedo said. The parade honorees will also include include Squanto and the Wampanoag tribe, Paul Revere, John and Abigail Adams and President John F. Kennedy. “We couldn’t tell this story of heroes without talking about the first heroes of American history,” deMacedo said, talking about the Native Americans who helped the Pilgrims survive their first winter. Members of the Wampanoag tribe will be participating in the parade for the first time. They will be at the front of parade, which depicts American history chronologically. Another hero who will be honored is Abraham Lincoln, the president who made Thanksgiving a federal holiday. Fritz Klein, a Lincoln portrayer from Springfield, Ill., will be on hand to commemorate the 150th anniversary of Lincoln’s Thanksgiving proclamation. In addition to 14 floats, the parade will include marching bands, color guards, the Budweiser Clydesdales and classic cars. Although the parade is free, spectators are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item. America’s Hometown Express, a 40-foot float designed to resemble a locomotive, will be collecting food as it travels along the parade route. All of the donated food will be given to the South Shore Community Action Council, a nonprofit organization that provides services to low-income individuals and families on the South Shore. Edward Donga may be reached at Read more: Donations can be sent to the Baltimore Nonviolence Center, 325 E. 25th St., Baltimore, MD 21218. Ph: 410-366-1637; Email: mobuszewski [at] Go to "The master class has always declared the wars; the subject class has always fought the battles. The master class has had all to gain and nothing to lose, while the subject class has had nothing to gain and everything to lose--especially their lives." Eugene Victor Debs

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