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Veteran takes charge of canceled Fourth Of July parade

Veteran Takes Charge Of Canceled Fourth Of July Parade

Officials in Liberty, Kentucky, canceled the small town's Fourth of July parade due to lack of interest -- but then retired Army Staff Sgt. Glen Phillips Jr. took charge.

WLEX reports: "We're not going to celebrate our independence that we declared 238 years ago? That's wrong."

Phillips retired honorably after 18 years of service. He says that it's important to hold the parade so children won't forget the meaning behind the national holiday.

WTVQ says: "We've got to lead by example and show them the right thing so they never forget the sacrifices made by our forefathers and that are currently being made as we speak."

WAVE says: "We more stand for the folks that cannot stand. The ones in the past," the Veteran said.

The town of Liberty not only has freedom in its name, but Phillips says it was also founded by two Revolutionary War soldiers. And the county where he lives is full of fellow service members like him.

"Some of them were teachers of mine at school; some of them were just friends," Phillips said.

Liberty's Chamber of Commerce director says a Fourth of July celebration is still scheduled -- it was only the parade that was once canceled.

Phillips brought attention to the issue via Facebook, and as he started to gain supporters, he was then given permission to plan the parade.

"Freedom needs a little help every now and then," the Veteran said.

Phillips and his volunteers were given only eight days to prepare. But with help from the community, it seems like the parade will be better than ever.

Fox News reports: "We've got an 11-year-old young man that volunteered to help, and we've got them up to 70 years old."

Looks like Phillips and his supporters will ​​have more than one reason to celebrate on Friday.

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rjen164497 July 04 2014 at 7:30 AM

This is what happens when you have a President like Obama. Non Christian, non military, non American.

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JC July 04 2014 at 6:34 AM

Well done, Sgt. Phillips!

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rono1215 July 04 2014 at 7:11 AM

Thank God for veterans and people like Mr. Philips. What's wrong with America is Obama & progressive liberal loons who want to destroy our great values, history, freedoms and construction. Thank you Mr. Philips for your service in the military and your belief in our great country, your a great and true American

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libsfault rono1215 July 04 2014 at 10:19 AM

I bet you don't even know the capital of Florida Mark.........

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shaymay2 libsfault July 04 2014 at 11:06 AM

Ask any beauty queen the capital of the state she is from and bet half of them would get it wrong ... Not a very good test lib.......

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Kate rono1215 July 04 2014 at 12:10 PM

I have never met a liberal who wanted to destroy anything, and I know a LOT of liberals.

I'm going to take a wild guess that your 'construction' was supposed to read 'constitution,' and it was conservatives that decided that corporations are citizens, they just don't have to pay as many taxes as everyone else.

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msslongrider July 04 2014 at 5:58 AM

So sad,Americans are becoming a dieing breed!

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patriot1too July 04 2014 at 8:24 AM

Shame on the liberal extremisist and liberal media for trying to dumb down America and destroy our family values and honoring our past and our veterans with their athist hate filled propaganda and anti-American stance for too long. God bless our veterans, and God bless America.

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patriot1too July 04 2014 at 8:11 AM

The liberal extremiwsist anti-American and anti-family values has done much to dumb down our youth as to whats important. Our dumbed down youth think all life is is where to get their next tatto and being consumer drones. God bless our veterans and our American dreams of freedom.

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momsname17 July 04 2014 at 8:42 AM

Sgt ,I'm proud of you,fine example of our veterans,

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defiant128 July 04 2014 at 10:06 AM

Well Done Sarge!

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drb107 July 04 2014 at 7:55 AM

The democrats are working as hard as they can to take or limit our freedoms away. Abortion took our right to life away and with good jobs going to Mexico and China and no jobs available anymore we are losing our pursuit of happiness, wait, we do have welfare.

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kamyszekk July 04 2014 at 8:55 AM

They cancelled 4th of July in Rogers City, MI years ago in favor of a Nautical Festival the 1st weekend of August. Still can't believe it! Makes a person wonder about City Fathers & the decisions they make!

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gander2t kamyszekk July 04 2014 at 11:30 AM

I know a man that left CA. for Rogers City. I thought it was a good idea, but now I am not so sure.

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roarner kamyszekk July 04 2014 at 7:57 PM

Next time vote the City mayor out.

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