Our opinion: Take pride; help

Mother Nature intervened last year, and, for the first time in 65 years, weather brought an abrupt halt to the Warren Fourth of July Parade.

But, that doesn’t mean organizers fear a repeat performance.

In fact, planning is already underway for the 66th annual parade, and they are looking for some help.

The one-day celebration – on Thursday this year – will keep the tradition alive, with the parade as the keystone of the festivities.

In addition to the march down the avenue, there will be a pre-parade show, activities at Betts Park and fireworks, of course.

All of this takes a great deal of planning and a great deal of work.

What makes celebrations such as these so important for a community like Warren is that they are “community” events; they draw on the talents and commitment of community members to make them a success. Warren’s Fourth of July celebration has been, and continues to be, the high point of the city’s summer. Many families plan reunions around it.

If you have pride in your city; if you like being involved in positive work; if you enjoy seeing your work pay off in the enjoyment of others; you owe it to yourself to volunteer in some way to make the 66th celebration more than make up for the ill-fated 65th.