A parade for proud patriots


By Cody Willoughby - cwilloughby@aimmediamidwest.com



Cody Willoughby | Troy Daily News A coterie of colorful cars make their way down Main Street during the City of Troy Independence Day Parade on Wednesday.

Cody Willoughby | Troy Daily News A coterie of colorful cars make their way down Main Street during the City of Troy Independence Day Parade on Wednesday.


Cody Willoughby | Troy Daily News 2018 Lil’ Miss and Mr. Strawberry winners Emily Verrill of Tipp City and Trace Chaney of Troy wave hello to spectators during the City of Troy Independence Day Parade on Wednesday.


Cody Willoughby | Troy Daily News 2018 American Majestics Little Miss Ohio winner Emma Rose Fisher-Rowe smiles at the crowd during the City of Troy Independence Day Parade on Wednesday.


Cody Willoughby | Troy Daily News Active and retired female members of the United States Armed Forces greet spectators during the City of Troy Independence Day Parade on Wednesday.


Cody Willoughby | Troy Daily News Members of Clifford Thompson American Legion Post 43 carry the flags ahead of the City of Troy Independence Day Parade on Wednesday.


Cody Willoughby | Troy Daily News Jackson Normile, 5, of Troy grabs a hug from Mickey Mouse during the City of Troy Independence Day Parade on Wednesday.


Cody Willoughby | Troy Daily News Volunteers from the Miami Valley Veterans Museum greet the crowd from a classic car during the City of Troy Independence Day Parade on Wednesday.


Cody Willoughby | Troy Daily News Sawyer Pearson, 3, and Arayah Bertke, 5, of Troy show their patriotism during the City of Troy Independence Day Parade on Wednesday.


Cody Willoughby | Troy Daily News Elle and Eva Dean of Troy wear their red, white, and blue best during the City of Troy Independence Day Parade on Wednesday.


Cody Willoughby | Troy Daily News Lori Ott and Emery Anderson, 15 months, of Troy wave at parade participants during the City of Troy Independence Day Parade on Wednesday.


Cody Willoughby | Troy Daily News Michael and Anna Ojeda of Troy admire the vehicles taking part in the City of Troy Independence Day Parade on Wednesday.


Cody Willoughby | Troy Daily News Braden Maier, 5, of Troy rides his bicycle along with representatives from A+ Tutoring during the City of Troy Independence Day Parade on Wednesday.


Cody Willoughby | Troy Daily News 2018 Strawberry Queen Brooke Klopfenstein greets spectators during the City of Troy Independence Day Parade on Wednesday.


Cody Willoughby | Troy Daily News Mike and Stacey Mullins of Brookville, with daughter Vera, greet Scoopy the Culver’s Cone during the City of Troy Independence Day Parade on Wednesday.


Cody Willoughby | Troy Daily News President Abraham Lincoln carries the flag during the Miami County July 4th Parade on Wednesday in Troy.


Cody Willoughbyh Carmella Knox, 13 months, of Piqua and Noah Winteregg, 19 months, of Troy take in the wondrous sights of the City of Troy Independence Day Parade on Wednesday.


TROY — Patriotic residents of all ages were invited into the summer warmth to enjoy the City of Troy Independence Day Parade, which began at 9 a.m. on Wednesday in downtown Troy.

Organized by officers and volunteers of the Miami Valley Veterans Museum, the parade consisted of over 65 vehicles representing various community officials, classic automobile enthusiasts, for-profit businesses, and non-profit organizations from throughout the northern Miami Valley.

This year’s parade paid tribute to women who have served in the United States Armed Forces. Whether active or retired, all women from any military branch were invited to participate. The parade featured four female Grand Marshals, include Carmen Penny Adams, Kaiti Fitch, Selena Loyd, and Linda Mead.

The parade preceded other downtown Independence Day events, including a free performance from The McCartney Project, a Paul McCartney Tribute band, at Treasure Island Municipal Park and the fireworks display held on the levee area.

For more information, visit www.miamivalleyveteransmuseum.com and www.bravotroyohio.com.

Cody Willoughby | Troy Daily News A coterie of colorful cars make their way down Main Street during the City of Troy Independence Day Parade on Wednesday.
https://www.tdn-net.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2018/07/web1_Parade14-7.jpgCody Willoughby | Troy Daily News A coterie of colorful cars make their way down Main Street during the City of Troy Independence Day Parade on Wednesday.

Cody Willoughby | Troy Daily News 2018 Lil’ Miss and Mr. Strawberry winners Emily Verrill of Tipp City and Trace Chaney of Troy wave hello to spectators during the City of Troy Independence Day Parade on Wednesday.
https://www.tdn-net.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2018/07/web1_Parade12-7.jpgCody Willoughby | Troy Daily News 2018 Lil’ Miss and Mr. Strawberry winners Emily Verrill of Tipp City and Trace Chaney of Troy wave hello to spectators during the City of Troy Independence Day Parade on Wednesday.

Cody Willoughby | Troy Daily News 2018 American Majestics Little Miss Ohio winner Emma Rose Fisher-Rowe smiles at the crowd during the City of Troy Independence Day Parade on Wednesday.
https://www.tdn-net.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2018/07/web1_Parade15-7.jpgCody Willoughby | Troy Daily News 2018 American Majestics Little Miss Ohio winner Emma Rose Fisher-Rowe smiles at the crowd during the City of Troy Independence Day Parade on Wednesday.

Cody Willoughby | Troy Daily News Active and retired female members of the United States Armed Forces greet spectators during the City of Troy Independence Day Parade on Wednesday.
https://www.tdn-net.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2018/07/web1_Parade16-7.jpgCody Willoughby | Troy Daily News Active and retired female members of the United States Armed Forces greet spectators during the City of Troy Independence Day Parade on Wednesday.

Cody Willoughby | Troy Daily News Members of Clifford Thompson American Legion Post 43 carry the flags ahead of the City of Troy Independence Day Parade on Wednesday.
https://www.tdn-net.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2018/07/web1_Parade1-7.jpgCody Willoughby | Troy Daily News Members of Clifford Thompson American Legion Post 43 carry the flags ahead of the City of Troy Independence Day Parade on Wednesday.

Cody Willoughby | Troy Daily News Jackson Normile, 5, of Troy grabs a hug from Mickey Mouse during the City of Troy Independence Day Parade on Wednesday.
https://www.tdn-net.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2018/07/web1_Parade2-7.jpgCody Willoughby | Troy Daily News Jackson Normile, 5, of Troy grabs a hug from Mickey Mouse during the City of Troy Independence Day Parade on Wednesday.

Cody Willoughby | Troy Daily News Volunteers from the Miami Valley Veterans Museum greet the crowd from a classic car during the City of Troy Independence Day Parade on Wednesday.
https://www.tdn-net.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2018/07/web1_Parade3-7.jpgCody Willoughby | Troy Daily News Volunteers from the Miami Valley Veterans Museum greet the crowd from a classic car during the City of Troy Independence Day Parade on Wednesday.

Cody Willoughby | Troy Daily News Sawyer Pearson, 3, and Arayah Bertke, 5, of Troy show their patriotism during the City of Troy Independence Day Parade on Wednesday.
https://www.tdn-net.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2018/07/web1_Parade4-7.jpgCody Willoughby | Troy Daily News Sawyer Pearson, 3, and Arayah Bertke, 5, of Troy show their patriotism during the City of Troy Independence Day Parade on Wednesday.

Cody Willoughby | Troy Daily News Elle and Eva Dean of Troy wear their red, white, and blue best during the City of Troy Independence Day Parade on Wednesday.
https://www.tdn-net.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2018/07/web1_Parade5-7.jpgCody Willoughby | Troy Daily News Elle and Eva Dean of Troy wear their red, white, and blue best during the City of Troy Independence Day Parade on Wednesday.

Cody Willoughby | Troy Daily News Lori Ott and Emery Anderson, 15 months, of Troy wave at parade participants during the City of Troy Independence Day Parade on Wednesday.
https://www.tdn-net.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2018/07/web1_Parade6-7.jpgCody Willoughby | Troy Daily News Lori Ott and Emery Anderson, 15 months, of Troy wave at parade participants during the City of Troy Independence Day Parade on Wednesday.

Cody Willoughby | Troy Daily News Michael and Anna Ojeda of Troy admire the vehicles taking part in the City of Troy Independence Day Parade on Wednesday.
https://www.tdn-net.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2018/07/web1_Parade7-7.jpgCody Willoughby | Troy Daily News Michael and Anna Ojeda of Troy admire the vehicles taking part in the City of Troy Independence Day Parade on Wednesday.

Cody Willoughby | Troy Daily News Braden Maier, 5, of Troy rides his bicycle along with representatives from A+ Tutoring during the City of Troy Independence Day Parade on Wednesday.
https://www.tdn-net.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2018/07/web1_Parade8-7.jpgCody Willoughby | Troy Daily News Braden Maier, 5, of Troy rides his bicycle along with representatives from A+ Tutoring during the City of Troy Independence Day Parade on Wednesday.

Cody Willoughby | Troy Daily News 2018 Strawberry Queen Brooke Klopfenstein greets spectators during the City of Troy Independence Day Parade on Wednesday.
https://www.tdn-net.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2018/07/web1_Parade11-7.jpgCody Willoughby | Troy Daily News 2018 Strawberry Queen Brooke Klopfenstein greets spectators during the City of Troy Independence Day Parade on Wednesday.

Cody Willoughby | Troy Daily News Mike and Stacey Mullins of Brookville, with daughter Vera, greet Scoopy the Culver’s Cone during the City of Troy Independence Day Parade on Wednesday.
https://www.tdn-net.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2018/07/web1_Parade9-7.jpgCody Willoughby | Troy Daily News Mike and Stacey Mullins of Brookville, with daughter Vera, greet Scoopy the Culver’s Cone during the City of Troy Independence Day Parade on Wednesday.

Cody Willoughby | Troy Daily News President Abraham Lincoln carries the flag during the Miami County July 4th Parade on Wednesday in Troy.
https://www.tdn-net.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2018/07/web1_Parade10-7.jpgCody Willoughby | Troy Daily News President Abraham Lincoln carries the flag during the Miami County July 4th Parade on Wednesday in Troy.

Cody Willoughbyh Carmella Knox, 13 months, of Piqua and Noah Winteregg, 19 months, of Troy take in the wondrous sights of the City of Troy Independence Day Parade on Wednesday.
https://www.tdn-net.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2018/07/web1_Parade13-7.jpgCody Willoughbyh Carmella Knox, 13 months, of Piqua and Noah Winteregg, 19 months, of Troy take in the wondrous sights of the City of Troy Independence Day Parade on Wednesday.

By Cody Willoughby

cwilloughby@aimmediamidwest.com