Laurel gearing up for a patriotic Fourth of July

By: 
David Keyes

On a poster distributed throughout the area there is a headline that calls Laurel, “Montana’s most patriotic city.”
Why not?
While there is no official city proclamation (yet!) to this fact that we know of, all a person will have to do next Tuesday is look around. In fact, all a person really has to do is open up his or her eyes any day to recognize that patriotism is as abundant here as air and water.
The Fourth of July is a perfect fit for Laurel and is the ultimate crescendo for an upbeat, patriotic song that plays here all year round.
Seemingly overnight, many houses and buildings have sprouted bunting to go along with the American flags that have been flying there year round. Somewhere around the middle of June, people here also seem to start wearing more and more patriotic colors. This trend also peaks on July 4, when the parade route is flooded with people wearing every possible patriotic ensemble.
The huge parade, the massive fireworks show, the explosion of red, white and blue everywhere speaks volumes about this area’s love of country on our nation’s birthday.
Laurel is a patriotic city because it places a value on those who leave here to defend our country. It would be hard to find a location with a similar population that has more men and women in all branches of the armed forces. Many LHS grads have moved up to the very highest military ranks as well.
Laurel continually reaches out to deployed troops through care packages and correspondence through the Laurel Hometown Troops program. While our young men and women may be stationed all over the world, when the LHT package arrives, the globe shrinks.
Laurel has also stepped up to recognize fallen troops.
Just north of here is the Yellowstone National Cemetery. This silent sentinel stands as a reminder that freedom isn’t free.
The Fourth of July is what is great about Laurel. There is something so hometown about the firefighters going door to door asking for a few dollars for the fireworks show. How about the fact that nearly every group in the region cobbles together a float for the parade?
Thanks to everyone who works so hard to put on the parade and fireworks. It is appreciated.
As America turns 241 years on Tuesday, love of country is as strong as ever here and across this great nation, from sea to shining sea.
Have a happy and safe Fourth of July!

Upcoming Events

Tuesday, July 23, 2019
Tuesdays, Noon, Beartooth Grill, 305 1st Ave. S.
Tuesday, July 23, 2019
Fourth Tuesdays, 7 p.m., Eagles Hall, 313 W. Main, 628-4503
Wednesday, July 24, 2019
10 a.m., Laurel Public Library, 720 West Third Street, Laurel, 628-4961
Wednesday, July 24, 2019
Every Wednesday at 5:30 p.m., check www.laurelexchangeclub.org for more info. Find them on Facebook www.facebook.com/laurelexchangeclub . Email them to find out meeting time and to join: clubinfo@laurelexchangeclub.org The club will have a meeting or volunteer activity. Meeting location is Sid's East Side Bar & Grill on first and third Wednesdays of each month. Members and guests eat free.  Volunteer activity on the second Wednesday of each month. Check their facebook page for updates.  Every fourth Wednesday is for a club social activity. 
Tuesday, July 30, 2019
Tuesdays, Noon, Beartooth Grill, 305 1st Ave. S.
Wednesday, July 31, 2019
10 a.m., Laurel Public Library, 720 West Third Street, Laurel, 628-4961

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