Village Of Mayville puts its holiday spirit on parade
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MAYVILLE, N.Y. — With Chautauqua County Sheriff Joe Gerace leading the way, the village of Mayville put its holiday spirit on display Wednesday at the annual 4th of July parade and community celebration.
And despite a fast moving thunderstorm that blew through, the young, and the young at heart; those with two legs and four, didn't let a little rain dampen their fun.
"I think its about family time, everybody gets together on this day, you know, we have our freedom, and its a day to celebrate," said Debbie Wright, Westfield resident.
"We've been coming out here for many years, it's one of our favorite times of year. Personally, it means the freedom that we fought for and to respect those who have served and given their all for us, we appreciate that so much," said David Lloyd, Jamestown resident.
To help show that appreciation, County Executive Greg Edwards and a bipartisan group of county legislators invited several war veterans to take part in the parade, including those from Iraq and Afghanistan.
"We just thank them so much for their service and sacrifice to out nation. There's been a national effort, a national welcome home effort called upon for local communities to honor, especially our recent Iraq and Afghanistan veterans in a special way," said Lori Cornell, (D) Chautauqua County Legislator.
Billed as the official Chautauqua County 4th of July Celebration, the event is completely funded through private donations.
"It's just something that everybody's looked forward to for years and years and years. I remember as a small child, you know the parade and coming down to the park, fireworks after," said Chris Cooper, Parade Committee Member.
"Happy Fourth of July...."