RUTLAND — Decorated floats, model cars and trucks, John Deere tractors, fire trucks, veterans, the Marauder band, and a few others made up the parade that kick started this year’s annual ox roast on Saturday morning in Rutland.
Leading the parade are the veterans of our county to solidify the notion of what had to be sacrificed for our independence.
The meaning of the 4th of July differs for many. When speaking with a member of the River of Life church she shared the importance of this day giving people the right to practice religion as they wish. This is the first year of this local Rutland church being in the parade.
A few spots ahead were workers and friends of Jack’s Septic Service and a family riding in an old fashioned red truck. Both of these groups expressed the importance of gaining our freedom on this day and the joy of this day when combining friends, family, fireworks, and good food together. This is Jack’s Septic Service second year in the parade to promote the business and the driver of the red truck is a local of Rutland supporting his hometown.
The heartbeat of the parade, the Marauder band, followed closely behind the veterans. They are a metaphor of ending one season to begin a new. They say farewell to summer parades and hello to show season.
Our four fathers left the heat of battle and tyranny to then enjoy the refreshing breeze of freedom and celebration of life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness. Our freedom was not free and many pay respects that are due on the 4th of every July.
The Rutland Fire Department along with the Ladies Auxiliary take the lead on setting up the Rutland Ox Roast, the village’s annual 4th of July celebration. For two weeks prior to the event these hard workers pick and cook the beef that will be sold by the gallons at the event. They do not stop there; they also help all the days’ events run smoothly. For example, they direct the traffic for the morning parade, so those watching and participating are kept safe.
Erin Perkins is a freelance writer for The Daily Sentinel.