CHATHAM – The theme for this year's Independence Day parade will be “Chatham Honors You! Service Members Past, Present, Future.”
Independence Day Parade committee chairman Justin Bohannon announced the theme at Monday’s selectmen meeting. The theme was submitted by Sam Foley, 9, in honor of his grandfathers who both live in Chatham and served in Korea and Vietnam. (Sam lives in England but spends his summer vacations here.)
Coming on the 75th anniversary of D-Day, which changed the course of World War II, the theme honors all men and women who served the country in all wars as well as those who served during peacetime. It recognizes Chatham's contributions to the military – the Marconi Center, Naval Air Base formerly on Eastward Point, the Coast Guard at Chatham Light – as well as the many soldiers, sailors, and airmen and women who served there.
Parade participants will use the theme to guide the design of entries in the July 4 parade.
“It’s hard to believe that the parade is a little over five months away. By announcing the theme now, we hope prospective entrants will have plenty of time to design their entries,” Bohannon said.
Prize categories for entries will be announced by the end of February and the entry form will be available in early March at the committee's webpage, chathamparade.com, or the town's website, www.chatham-ma.gov. Forms will also be emailed to previous entrants.
Nominations for parade grand marshal will be accepted during the month of May and the decision will be announced in June, Bohannon said.
“Aside from Veteran’s Day, we can’t think of a finer day to honor our veterans than on the day our country celebrates our independence, July 4,” he said of the parade. “We look forward to yet another year of clever, imaginative, and all-around fun floats.”