HRCA calls for parade entries

July 4 spectacle to honor World War II vets

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Independence Day may still be a ways off, but parades don’t get planned overnight.

The Highlands Ranch Community Association is putting out its annual call for entries for this year’s parade, and is asking all groups interested in walking, riding, driving, or engineering a float down the 1.3-mile route to reserve a spot by June 8.

This year’s parade, sponsored by Ralph Schomp Honda and co-sponsored by Children’s Hospital Colorado, will honor veterans of World War II.

“We are losing our World War II veterans,” said Val Miller, HRCA community partner coordinator. “We want to let them know that we want them in the parade.”

Leading the parade this year will be a trio of World War II veterans employed by the HRCA who will serve as the 2013 Grand Marshals. Navy veterans Curt Chambers and Dave Monroney will be joined by Army Air Forces veteran Bill Harkness.

Miller said the organization isn’t just putting out the call to World War II vets, but wants all veterans to come be recognized by marching or riding in the parade.

In addition to veterans, the community association is welcoming nonprofit organizations, classic cars, community groups, Scouts, neighborhood groups, school groups, political candidates and businesses. There is no charge to participate in the parade, with the exception of businesses and political candidates.

For more information about participating in the parade, please contact Miller at 303-471-8828 or valerie.miller@hrcaonline.org. To register, pick up an entry form at any of the Highlands Ranch recreation centers or go to www.hrcaonline.org, visit the calendar and click on the link for the July 4 event.

This year’s parade is scheduled to take place from 9 to 10:30 a.m. and will be preceded by a family, pet and bike parade at 8:45. Parade entrants will start lining up at 7:30.

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