We truly hope you were able to spend some time Monday taking part in one of the trio of grand celebrations to mark the 240th anniversary of our nation’s founding.
Yes, there were bigger celebrations, including some locally, but it’s hard to beat the small-town flavor of the observances on Monday in Wendell, Knightdale and Zebulon.
In Knightdale, families were king as thousands crowded into Knightdale Station Park to take part in games, food, entertainment and, of course, fireworks.
In Wendell, the celebration took a unique turn when a young man from Italy crashed the All-American party to return a local World War II veteran’s dog tags. And that veteran, Wendell native Bennie Howard, at 92, is as full of spunk today as he likely was in the 1940s when he talked his grandmother into lying about his age so he could join the military. That simple, poignant moment followed a parade filled with tricylces, wagons, bikes with training wheels and all sorts of conveyances as Wendell’s children took over Main Street.
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And in Zebulon, the Carolina Mudcats helped residents from all over the Five County area combine the All-American game of baseball with arguably the biggest fireworks show in the region.
Whichever celebration you took part in, we just hope you did more than grill some burgers in the backyard this Independence Day.
When people try to describe for their big-city cousins why they enjoy life in a small town, they need to look no further than eastern Wake County on Independence Day.
To those who played a role in organizing the events, whether they did so as part of their paying job or because they like serving their community, we say thank you for making the day a memorable one for everyone who turned out.
It was certainly a red-letter day for all of eastern Wake County.