Band of Brothers plans Independence Day Parade and Ceremony
The community is invited to join local military veterans in celebrating the United States' freedom on the Fourth of July.
Members of the Prineville Band of Brothers are planning the Independence Day Parade and Ceremony.
The parade will begin at 10 a.m. Thursday, July 4 at the corner of Northwest Deer and Northwest Fourth streets and will end at approximately 11:15 a.m. with a ceremony at the Wildland Firefighters Monument at Ochoco Creek Park.
Businesses and organizations are welcome to have a float in the parade. Applications are available at the Prineville-Crook County Chamber of Commerce and are due to the chamber on Thursday, June 20.
Band of Brothers founding member Robert Ervin, who passed away in November of 2014, helped organize and start the parade in 2011.
"He thought we ought to have a parade for the veterans that had gone and fought and for the ones that lost their lives and for our freedom," said his wife, Earlene Ervin.
He was a World War II veteran, serving in the Navy from 1943 to 1946, and was in the medics in the Pacific.
Frank Bowne will be honored as the parade grand marshal. Bowne, of Prineville, served in the U.S. Navy from 1956 to 1960 during the Korean War.
The Prineville Band of Brothers Honor Guard will present colors to open the ceremony, and Lori Desjardins will perform the National Anthem. Pastor Jack Collier will recite the history of Independence Day, and homing pigeons will be released.
Director of Crook County Veteran Services Shannon Dearth will be the guest speaker.
Ervin encourages the community to participate in the parade, noting that it's a celebration of the country's independence and freedoms.
"I think we ought to honor our veterans," she said.