Chapter volunteers and staff took time July 3rd and 4th to help Jefferson City celebrate Independence Day during the Salute to America celebration.
“This event is not only a great opportunity to celebrate our country’s founding, but it is a great outlet to showcase what we do,” said Dave Griffith, the chapter’s executive director. “Having some of our Lifesaver Award recipients there for the parade also makes it special for us.”
Chapter personnel started the two-day celebration Wednesday night by taking part in the parade.
The ERV based in Jefferson City lead the chapter’s entry. The chapter pickup followed carrying some of the Lifesaver Award recipients.
A group of walkers, two who carried an American flag and a Red Cross flag, brought up the rear.
Those who walked the route through downtown Jefferson City passed out candy to youngsters and small American flags to anyone who wanted one.
The chapter continued their participation on the 4th when they had a display in the High Street Heroes section in the downtown area.
The ERV again was the centerpiece of the chapter’s display, which was parked along Capitol Avenue just east of the Capitol building.
There was a table underneath a popup that displayed information on disaster preparedness and health and safety items.
Volunteers and staff worked two-hour shifts during the day to greet festival goers and answer their questions.