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FReepers'Support The Troops float at Greely Stampede Parade
July 4, 2006 | Janinco

Posted on 07/04/2006 6:40:18 PM PDT by jan in Colorado

The theme for the Independence Day Greely Stampede parade was "Define the daily grind."

FReepers Weldgophardline and Fire engine red created a float dedicated to our brave troops serving in Iraq. Fire engine red singlehandedly worked for 27 days to present a float for the annual parade in Greely, Colorado. Weldgophardline said, "She does all the work, I just promote it."

My daughter and I were honored to be invited to ride on their float, and following are some pictures and observations from the parade.


Fire engine red and Weldgophardline before the parade.

Natalie and Jan in Colorado


Weldgophardline requested photos from the troops families from the Northern Colorado area and he received twenty-five responses.
A heart shaped collage was made to display the troops pictures. Eleven of the 25 are currently, or soon to be, serving in Iraq.

In the center of the collage was a picture of Tyler MacKenzie who died November 2, 2005 from a roadside bomb.His mother, Julie rode on the float and during the parade she videotaped the reaction of the crowd. I had the pleasure of getting to talk to her about her beloved son. "He died doing what he believed in," she said fighting back tears yet glowing with pride for her son.

Tyler joined the Army January 19, 2005.Tyler had wanted to be in the army since he was six years old. He was adamant that we stay the course, that we finish what we started and told his mother that we are fighting them over there so that we DON'T have to fight them here! Through Mrs. MacKenzie's grief I couldn't help but see the pride she has in her son and what he wanted to accomplish. She said today, like every day, is difficult and she has to take one day at a time. She is sending a copy of the video to the troops in Iraq so they can see the support they have from the wonderful residents of Greely, Colorado. I have no doubt Tyler is very proud of his mother and how she is honoring him.

Rest in Peace Tyler Mackenzie.

The float also had many pictures taken in Iraq by Fire engine red and weldgopharline's son, who is currently serving in Iraq. His FReeper screen name is Victor. Many of the pictures are of Iraqi children and Victor has told his father that is why we are here...for the children!

The parade begins!

Servicemen walked on each side of the float as well as behind the float.

The crowd stood and applauded as the float approached.

Jan in Colorado,Weldgophardline and Lurker Jeff
(front row)Fire engine red and Lurker Paula


TOPICS: Activism/Chapters; News/Current Events; US: Colorado; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: aar; colorado; freedom; greely; greelystampede; independenceday; iraq; parade; supportourtroops; supportthetroops; waronterror

Happy Independence to all!

Thank you Weldgophardline and Fire Engine Red for the invite and for all your hard work. God Bless you and your son.

1 posted on 07/04/2006 6:40:23 PM PDT by jan in Colorado
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To: jan in Colorado

Hi Jan!

I was there and saw it. It was a GREAT float.

I was one of the Army soldiers in Uniform in the parade.

what a fantastic turnout. how receptive and patriotic the crowd was ! what a great day !!


2 posted on 07/04/2006 6:43:54 PM PDT by stompk
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To: weldgophardline; fire engine red
Happy Independence Day Ping!
3 posted on 07/04/2006 6:44:32 PM PDT by jan in Colorado (Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum (If you wish for peace, prepare for war.))
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To: stompk
Yes, stompk, it was an awesome crowd! The respect shown to the servicemen by the crowd was very encouraging, considering we see so little of it on the news!

Thank you for your service.
4 posted on 07/04/2006 6:49:27 PM PDT by jan in Colorado (Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum (If you wish for peace, prepare for war.))
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To: jan in Colorado
How perfectly wonderful!!

Thanks for all the great photos, and thanks to all who served or who are serving.

5 posted on 07/04/2006 6:53:42 PM PDT by basil (.)
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To: jan in Colorado

Great post. Thanks for sharing.


6 posted on 07/04/2006 6:57:21 PM PDT by Chuck54 ("A truly wealthy man is one who can live his life as he wishes")
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To: jan in Colorado

God bless you all.


7 posted on 07/04/2006 7:07:50 PM PDT by Enterprise (Let's not enforce laws that are already on the books, let's just write new laws we won't enforce.)
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To: USF; Fred Nerks; Former Dodger; AmericanArchConservative; bayouranger; Dark Skies; Just A Nobody; ..
Happy Independence Day Ping!

I am home from Ukraine and wanted to show you what fun I had today.I have missed you all the past month and am very glad to be home.
8 posted on 07/04/2006 7:08:02 PM PDT by jan in Colorado (Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum (If you wish for peace, prepare for war.))
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To: jan in Colorado; weldgophardline
Well done. Well, well done.

Saw the float, I snapped a photo - PM me so I can email it.

Troops out in force in parade today!

9 posted on 07/04/2006 7:19:55 PM PDT by NorCoGOP (Visit my blog! http://shawnsblogroom.blogspot.com)
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To: jan in Colorado

Thanks for your participation, your posting, and your ping! I wish I could have been there! And welcome home from the Ukraine!


10 posted on 07/04/2006 7:27:57 PM PDT by Gondring (If "Conservatives" now want to "conserve" our Constitution away, then I must be a Preservative!)
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To: weldgophardline; fire engine red

Thank you both for the great effort!

...and thank you, Tyler MacKenzie, for your great effort and your life.


11 posted on 07/04/2006 7:52:22 PM PDT by Gondring (If "Conservatives" now want to "conserve" our Constitution away, then I must be a Preservative!)
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To: jan in Colorado

Awesome job!!!!!!!!!!!!


12 posted on 07/04/2006 9:07:33 PM PDT by freema (Proud Marine FRiend, Mom, Aunt, Sister, Friend, Wife, Daughter, Niece)
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To: jan in Colorado
Way to go Greeley - you make us proud!

BTTT

13 posted on 07/04/2006 9:17:24 PM PDT by daybreakcoming (TOL)
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To: jan in Colorado
Thank You Jan for coming up to ride in the parade, My wife and I have done this float now three years running. We do this for all the armed forces doing their jobs everyday.
This year was a little more special because our son is in Iraq, But we would have done this even if he was not. We love the armed forces and all that they do and will show our support when ever and where ever we can.
14 posted on 07/04/2006 9:24:01 PM PDT by weldgophardline (GOD BLESS OUR TROOPS and President BUSH)
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To: SandRat; Trteamer; mollynme; fivetoes; Kathy in Alaska
Patriotic float ping
15 posted on 07/04/2006 9:36:43 PM PDT by weldgophardline (GOD BLESS OUR TROOPS and President BUSH)
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To: jan in Colorado; weldgophardline; fire engine red
THANK YOU for the ping! What an awesome float! Welcome home from the Ukraine thou good and faithful servant.

Thank you weldgophardline and fire engine red for all the work to put the float together. Please thank your son for me. I honor and support our troops and their mission.

I remember your thread and float from last year and was looking forward to seeing what you had created this year. You did not disappoint!

16 posted on 07/04/2006 10:00:01 PM PDT by Just A Nobody (NEVER AGAIN..Support our Troops! www.irey.com and www.vets4Irey.com - Now more than Ever!)
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To: stompk
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Thank you so much for your service to our country. America supports you - today and everyday! Pass it on! ;*)

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17 posted on 07/04/2006 10:16:02 PM PDT by Just A Nobody (NEVER AGAIN..Support our Troops! www.irey.com and www.vets4Irey.com - Now more than Ever!)
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To: jan in Colorado; weldgophardline; fire engine red

Beautiful! Stupendous! Fantastic!

Good job, what a cool statement to the World!


18 posted on 07/04/2006 10:19:35 PM PDT by Syncro
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To: jan in Colorado

Beautiful job! And I'm so glad the servicemen had an honored place in your parade. They're truly special!


19 posted on 07/04/2006 11:09:57 PM PDT by Humidston (Congress is like the Mafia - NO PAY, NO PLAY.)
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To: weldgophardline; fire engine red
Terrific float, weld. Thanks for doing this for our troops.

Thank you, Victor, for your service to our country.
Prayers for your safety and success of mission.


20 posted on 07/04/2006 11:53:41 PM PDT by Kathy in Alaska (~ God Bless and Protect Our Brave Protectors of Freedom~)
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To: jan in Colorado

Just hasn't been the same since you went away,
Glad to hear you have returned, Happy Independance Day!


21 posted on 07/05/2006 2:47:20 AM PDT by Fred Nerks (Read the bio THE LIFE OF MUHAMMAD free! Click Fred Nerks for link to my Page.)
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To: jan in Colorado

My nephew is in one of the pictures on the float. Thanks so much for all the hard work. The float is outstanding!!


22 posted on 07/05/2006 4:10:58 AM PDT by Trteamer ( (Eat Meat, Wear Fur, Own Guns, FReep Leftists, Drive an SUV, Drill A.N.W.R., Drill the Gulf, Vote)
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To: Trteamer
I did not know that! Please thank your nephew for me for his service.

Yes, Fire Engine Red did an awesome job on the float.
I hope you had a great Independence day!
23 posted on 07/05/2006 4:19:03 AM PDT by jan in Colorado (Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum (If you wish for peace, prepare for war.))
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To: Fred Nerks

Thanks Fred. I'm very glad to be back and look forward to catching up.


24 posted on 07/05/2006 4:21:15 AM PDT by jan in Colorado (Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum (If you wish for peace, prepare for war.))
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To: jan in Colorado

Awesome!
Thanks for your dedication and hard work!
ms.B


25 posted on 07/05/2006 8:58:37 AM PDT by MS.BEHAVIN (Women who behave rarely make history)
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To: jan in Colorado

Jan,
It makes me happy & proud to say that I know you!

Carry on!
BR


26 posted on 07/05/2006 4:34:04 PM PDT by bayouranger (The 1st victim of islam is the person who practices the lie.)
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To: jan in Colorado

Jan, this is awesome! thanks for all your hard work. It's inspiring!


27 posted on 07/05/2006 8:25:21 PM PDT by Albion Wilde (Got freedom? Thank a veteran)
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To: weldgophardline
In case you missed it.

Denver Post article

28 posted on 07/06/2006 6:08:14 AM PDT by jan in Colorado (Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum (If you wish for peace, prepare for war.))
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To: jan in Colorado

BRAVO on a wonderful! The long loving hours it took to create such a beauty really show! I can only imagine all the smiling faces here and abroad who will have their spirits lifted by it!


29 posted on 07/06/2006 1:08:22 PM PDT by Sisku Hanne (*Support DIANA IREY for US Congress!* Send "Cut-n-Run" Murtha packing: HIT THE ROAD, JACK!)
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To: jan in Colorado

I really like the sign at the beginning of this article; where can someone buy one and do you remember the cost? I work on the parade trailer for the VFW (so many of them can no longer march:( Thank you. Connie


30 posted on 07/02/2011 12:02:21 PM PDT by durandconnie
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