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baxterBy BAXTER ENNIS

Can you believe it’s August already?  Summer always rushes by way too fast.  Chesapeake has been a “happening place” this summer.  The 4th of July celebrations were fantastic.  I attended the South Norfolk 4th of July Parade for the first time—and loved it! It was a perfect picture of Americana.  There were bands, pretty girls on floats, elected officials and office seekers, church floats and marching groups, Khedive clowns on funny cars, motorcycles, bikes and impressive Corvettes. And everyone enjoyed seeing the fire trucks, police and sheriff cars.  But the best thing of all was the small town friendliness.  White, black, young, not so young, rich and not so rich—it felt like everyone was family. There were smiles, handshakes and just a great feeling of community. We can sure use more of that in our region, state and nation.

I also attended the War Memorial Dedication Ceremony at Lakeside Park after the parade.  It was an impressive ceremony presided over by Louis Tayon, former Deputy Police Chief for the City of Chesapeake. Cong. Randy Forbes did an excellent, humorous introduction of the guest speaker, hometown hero Lt. Gen. Robert “Bobby” Dail. USA (retired).

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