Pleasanton Weekly

Opinion - July 15, 2011

Letters

Thanks to Fourth volunteers

Dear Editor,

Thank you for the cover story depicting Ward Belding as "Uncle Sam" and publicizing our all-volunteer community Fourth of July celebration. We estimate that more than 800 people came to "Celebrate Freedom and its Evolution since the Revolution" in Lions' Wayside Park, their ages spanning nine decades. Thanks for sharing Lisa Lorentz's photos both before and after the event.

For 13 years, it has been our pleasure to organize (with a small team) Pleasanton's community celebration of our nation's birth. The midday event brings together nearly 100 volunteers, including the Pleasanton Community Concert Band, Boy Scout Troop No. 908, American Legion Post No. 238, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 6298, Young American Patriots' Drum & Fife Corps, Pleasanton Lions Club members (who cooked over 800 hot dog lunches), plus teams of greeters and "tattoo artists" (who applied dozens of temporary red, white and blue tattoos). We were pleased to greet the exchange students visiting from Sister City Tulancingo, Mexico.

Special thanks also to our guest speakers, Ernie Manzo, Ann Collins and Deborah Grossman, and emcee Ken McDonald. Vocalist Ward Belding portrayed "Uncle Sam." Heritage Bank of Commerce is our generous sponsor.

Before the month is out, we will begin planning for the 2012 Fourth of July. To your readers we say, "See you on the Fourth!"

Jerri Long and W. Ron Sutton Co-Producers

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