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October 7, 2016
 

Rosamond honors military, veterans

Linda KC Reynolds
staff writer

Rosamond Community Queens left their tiaras and gowns at home and donned khaki outfits reminiscent of World War II-era uniforms. Their float, entitled “Heroes Don’t Wear Capes, They Wear Dog Tags” was one of the crowd’s favorites.

The community of Rosamond honored those serving in the military during the 40th annual William M. Ketchum Armed Forces Appreciation Day Parade, with festivities following at Glendower Park. “The day couldn’t be more beautiful,” said announcer Dennis Shoffner.

Happy to serve the community, three chief master sergeants from Edwards Air Force Base served as judges.

“We are here to appreciate the community that supports us so well,” said CMSgt. Chris Lantiagne. A heartfelt dance performed by Desert Dance of Cal City was among one of their favorite presentations.

American Legion riders were among the participants at the 40th annual William M. Ketchum Armed Forces Appreciation Day Parade in Rosamond.

Wearing his army uniform jacket and cap and sitting next to his daughter, Mary, Grand Marshall John Humphrey, 92, perched on top of a yellow Mustang driven by Russ Erb, a retired Air Force veteran.

Humphrey was a paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne Division and earned a Bronze Star and two Purple Hearts. On Christmas Eve 1944, he was wounded during the Battle of the Bulge and still has shrapnel in his back.

“I still have a hard time trying to keep up with him,” said his daughter Mary as she was hopping on top of the Mustang.

To enter a float in next year’s parade for only $10, contact the Rosamond Chamber of Commerce at 661-256-3249.
 

World War II Army veteran, John Humphrey, 92, serves as Grand Marshal the 40th annual William M. Ketchum Armed Forces Appreciation Day Parade in Rosamond.




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