Grand Marshal & Theme Winner:
Every year, the Parade honors an individual (or occasionally, individuals) who exhibit the grass-roots ideals the parade exemplifies of service to the community, devotion to family, and love of country. A Grand Marshal is nominated by members of the community and is honored on Parade Day by leading the Parade in a convertible and by official recognition from the reviewing stand and in the Parade Book.
This year’s Grand Marshal, Linda Alexander served as the first Recording Secretary when the Greater Kingsville Civic Association was established in 1975. She continued her service in other positions to include President of the organization. The Kingsville Independence Day Parade was re-established in 1980 through the encouragement of the Kingsville Volunteer Fire Company. For the next forty years, Linda served on the Parade Committee until appointed Chairman in 1994. In the twenty-seven years following, “the little parade that could” expanded with the assistance of great committee members and community support, making this annual celebration a hallmark for Kingsville. At the 2019 Parade, the American Flag in the shadow box was on display to honor all that perished on 9/11 with their names written in the white and red stripes. This Flag stands as a personal reminder how fragile our freedom can be and not taken for granted. How appropriate this year’s theme, Faith, Freedom, Family, as we gather to celebrate Independence Day. Linda resides in the Hydes/Baldwin area with her husband Earle, just a short ride to Kingsville.
We congratulate Xavier Chin, who was nominated for this year's parade theme: "Faith, Freedom, Family".
Xavier is nine years old and attends Open Bible Christian Academy in Kingsville. He loves Star Wars and reading. His favorite book series is Investigators by John Patrick Green. He owns and reads all the books that are out frequently. Xavier also loves Star Wars. His favorite characters from Star Wars are the Storm Troopers. He has a huge collection of storm troopers at home that he plays with frequently. In addition, Xavier loves to play with his friends outside. He loves to draw, write his own stories, and always works hard in school. Xavier lives with his parents, brother, kitty, and dog.
The Star Spangled Banner
"Oh, say can you see
By the dawn's early light
What so proudly we hailed
At the twilight's last gleaming?
Whose broad stripes and bright stars
Through the perilous fight
O'er the ramparts we watched,
Were so gallantly, yeah, streaming?
And the rockets' red glare
The bombs bursting in air
Gave proof through the night
That our flag was still there
O say, does that star-spangled banner yet wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave"
Independence Day (colloquially the Fourth of July) is a federal holiday in the United States commemorating the Declaration of Independence of the United States, on July 4, 1776. The Continental Congress declared that the thirteen American colonies were no longer subject to the monarch of Britain and were now united, free, and independent states. Independence Day is the national day of the United States.