Our Post is getting ready to join other veterans in our rural areas of northern Durham for the annual Caldwell July 4th Independence Day Parade. It is a fun event that reminds us of the small community parades that dotted America for many years. Caldwell is our favorite and we really enjoy the day and the parade.
If you are a Post member, a veteran, a family member or a friend of a veteran, we hope you will skip a day of shopping and join us as we salute our Nation. Our post will set up a couple of canopies and cooking equipment at the Caldwell Community Center at about 8:30 a.m. A number of our seniors will setup their folding chairs along the roadway by our encampment and relax as they await the parade that starts at 11 a.m.
At about 10 a.m. many of our veterans join the town (and neighboring community) marchers at the Caldwell Fire House (on Guess Rd). The community lines Guess Road from the firehouse to the community center. There are several places along Guess Rd to watch the parade. There is also a parking area near the community center.
The parade starts moving at 10:50 with veterans leading the parade. We will stop at the NC 57 and Guess Rd. intersection to wait for the 11 a.m. official start. This is when traffic is stopped and one lucky–and very surprised– motorist will be selected as this year’s Grand Marshal.
At exactly 11 a.m., the traffic is stopped on NC 57. Our Post Colors are lowered to highlight the National Ensign and the National Anthem is played. A bi-plane from the “Caldwell Air Force” flies overhead and you can feel the pride and respect swell as the community honors the veterans and their Country.
The parade then steps out led by veterans and heads north toward its end at the Caldwell Community Center about one mile up the road. We are the first to arrive and it is a grand site. Our wives and families cheer us on and take lots of pictures. We then join them for a snack and watch the parade go by. The parade lasts nearly an hour! Lots to see!
If you are a veteran, you are welcome to watch the parade from the grove of trees just before the community center. We have a family picnic during and after the parade. Our members bring a cold dish or dessert to share and our cooks prepare hot dogs for our members and guests.
Post 9100 welcomes all veterans to drop by the Post 9100 canopy to meet other area veterans and their families. Come on by and sit a spell.