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Continuing patriotism: Ambucs Too comes through for community celebration

By Longview News-Journal
July 7, 2010 at 2:25 a.m.


Explosions in the skies over Longview this past weekend once again commemorated our nation's independence.

We would like to thank Longview Ambucs Too, a nonprofit service club, for its role in stepping up to coordinate this year's Freedom Celebration and Fireworks Festival after the League of Business Owners announced, because of lack of time and funding, it would end its sponsorship.

The event included a ceremony to honor veterans, followed by a fireworks display and entertainment for the sponsors at Maude Cobb Convention and Activity Center.

Project chairwoman Carmela Davis told the News-Journal in a May 19 story, "We feel this is an important tradition in our community, and we want to keep it going.

"Fireworks are fun, but they're also part of a larger celebration in which we honor our military service members and remember our country's origins," Davis added.

We agree.

A $50,000 price tag is formidable, especially in economic times that have many folks looking for jobs and struggling to provide for their families. That the group was able to raise about $40,000 with $10,000  in city funding shows a community and official commitment to patriotism and bringing Americans together to celebrate our heritage and freedom.

Kudos to Davis and the rest of the Ambucs Too volunteers for not letting this patriotic tradition die locally.

Davis said Tuesday the group plans to continue spearheading the annual fireworks show.

"We're already starting our planning meetings to make it better every year," Davis said.

We're glad to hear that.

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