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A family event for the 4th

By Bev Barr BCC Editor

Several hundred people turned out to wish Happy Birthday to America at the 4th of July parade in Lakehills, sponsored by American Legion Post 410. About 30 vehicles were all decked out for the holiday in a lineup that included bright red sports cars, decorated golf carts, diesel mules, camouflaged jeeps and fire trucks with their sirens blaring. Families lined up on both sides of Highway 37, while children gathered candy tossed from atop fire trucks to the sound of Bruce Springsteen’s iconic song, Born in the USA.
A first this year, The Rev. Patrick Mallia cooked up hotdogs (for free) in front of the Lighthouse Church. “I’ve been thinking about doing this for about 10 years, and this year I finally did it — and I’m so glad I did,” Mallia said. “I will definitely do it again next year.”
Flying on the Lighthouse of the church was the United States of America flag. “I brought that out for the first time this year, too,” Mallia said. “I wanted to honor my dad, and the Marines. My dad was a Marine and this flag has not been flown in 20 years,” he said.
After the parade, even more people found their way to the American Legion Post for a feast which included sausage and BBQ chicken, potato salad, pinto beans and a table full of deserts to choose from.
People danced and waltzed beneath the shade of the Stowe Memorial Pavillion to live music, drank beer and enjoyed their families. One multi-generational party said they had been bringing their family to the parade for 20 years. Based on the number of strollers (and canes) this birthday party was a smashing success.