Independence Day is important in Lincoln County because we have so many dedicated veterans who take patriotic occasions very seriously. But itâ€™s especially important this year because we have a home-based National Guard unit assigned to dangerous duties in Iraq. The last we heard about these local men and women is that the unit is performing well, and has suffered no casualties since it was activated last fall. Some of the families of these soldiers will be participating in our Lincolnton parade Saturday. Letâ€™s cheer them on and show our support on this important day of celebration, which will get under way Saturday afternoon with childrensâ€™ activities at the courtsquare. The parade starts at 8 p.m., with lead units entering East Main Street from the First Charter Bank near the Cultural Center and proceeding downtown to North Aspen Street and then to Lincolnton High School. A patriotic program featuring Maj. Linda Roers Houser will began at 9:15 p.m. at the stadium, with fireworks scheduled at 9:35 p.m.
Another celebration sponsored by the Denver Area Business Association is also scheduled in east Lincoln beginning at 5 p.m. at East Lincoln High School. Vendors will be on hand with plenty of food for as evening of music and fireworks.
The picnics, the parades and the fireworks have been a tradition now for more than two centuries, celebrating that historic day in 1776 when the 13 colonies, including North Carolina, formally declared their independence from England. On that day a democracy was born, and the foundation that was established then led to the remarkable growth and development of the United States of America. Some 228 years later we hold that Independence Day sacred after going through wars and conflicts in which many died defending our causes and beliefs.
Throughout these patriotic activities in Lincoln County this weekend we should keep Lincolnâ€™s C-Battery in our thoughts and pray for their safe return.