Veterans get big hand from parade spectators

Shari Gilson photo
Sen. Dean Heller and his wife, Lynne, rode in the Ely Fourth of July parade.

White Pine County residents celebrated the 4th of July holiday with a spectacular parade that filled Aultman street with floats, vintage automobiles and trucks, horse teams, politicians and kids, while hundreds of devotees lined the highway, cheering their friends, family and neighbors along the route.

Applause could be heard over the patriotic music playing as several trailers full of veterans who served as Grand Marshalls were pulled down the street, followed up by a massive fleet of military vehicles led by Warden Tim Folson and staff from the Nevada Department of Corrections.

All of the staff volunteered their time to drive the vehicles to show their honor for this years parade theme “Our Veterans, We Shall Never Forget.”

Children lined the streets scrambling for candy and other treats that were being thrown from the parade procession. Many of the floats featured different displays of patriotism such as the Robinson Mine’s float which featured a red white and blue float with several pictures of Veterans featured throughout the float.

Other participants included White Pine High School class of 1947, the Ghost Riders who led late Carol Hunt’s horse with a hat in the saddle. The Ely City Councili along with the Mayor rode on a float while throwing treats out to children.

Sen. Dean Heller, along with his wife Lynne, rode their horses in the parade as well. After the parade, a special dedication was held at the Veterans park on Aultman.

The American Legion marched from beginning to end, carrying the American flags, the POW-MIS flag and the American Legion flag.

The following are results from the parade:

Commercial Float-

1st Place-Robinson Nevada Mine

Non-Commercial Float-

1st Place- Christi Hurlburt & Bobby Jo Bostic-Eagle Float

2nd Place-Shoshone Nation Float

Antique Car

1st Place-Rob Thomas-1929 Ford Phaeton

Classic Car

1st Place-Trudy Quong-1929 Ford Roadster in restoration

Custom Car

1st Place-Denny Marsh-1970 Chevy Pickup

Car Club or Group

1st Place-Music Box Bar Cars

Children’s Group

1st Place-Nakashima Grandchildren

2nd Place-The VFW Kids

Gas Powered

1st Place-Raymond Morley-Motor Scooter with Wagon

2nd Place-Scott Fritsche-local motorcycle riders

3rd Place-Brian Peart & Pat Jackson-Outpost Bar

Noon-Gas Powered

1st Place-Lexton Wise-Childs pickup

2nd Place-Carney Children-small cars

3rd Place-BMX-Bicycle riders

Horse Group

1st Place-Carol Hunt Celebration of Life Riders

Girl Rider

1st Place Lainey Barney

Boy Rider-none

Female Rider Adult-none

Male Rider Adult-none

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Comments

  1. Charles Basso says:

    Whats wrong with this newspaper???? Headlines read “Veterans get big hand from parade spectators” and whose picture is shown is Sen. Heller. Yes I like Sen. Heller but our veterans should have been honored with the picture. They were the ones who fought for this country to allow us the freedoms that we have. Poor choice Mr. Editor.

    • I just want to say HIP HIP HOORAY TO OUR VETERAN’S AND THEIR WIVES WHO STOOD BY THEM WHILE THEY WERE AWAY FIGHTING FOR US. FOR OUR FREEDOM AND EVERYTHING WE HAVE HERE THE GOOD OLD UNITED STATES OF AMERICA!!! I SALUTE YOU ONE AND ALL AND ESPECIALLY MY HUSBAND WHO RODE IN THE PARADE.THANK YOU CHARLES BASSO!!! VONNIE MERROW

  2. John Thomas Elliot Louis says:

    Go Nakashima Grandchildren!

  3. Wheeler says:

    Charley makes a ‘Heller’ of a good point. This isn’t about the Senator – where’s the aforementioned veteran(s) – that was the theme?

  4. Quincy M Mora says:

    BTW – there was NO mention of the girls and boys from Ms. I’ve School of Dance who performed in the “hot” sun.🙄🙄

  5. Real Local says:

    Ah, my favorite time of year. When people who think they’re too good to live here come back to bash on those of us dumb enough to stay here.

    • Realy Really Local says:

      …like the family (and children) of those people residing in Ely who, for whatever reason, have found themselves in other areas – maybe college, or marriage, or career?

      Is it incomprehensible that sometimes people leave without a sense of animosity or an intention of rejection – and then return to celebrate it – not ‘bash’ it? Too complex a thought?

      The only bashing going on at the moment sounds like the character assassination of people who return (and spend) and support their home town – by you, or anyone dumb enough to spray that negatively and that broadly.

      So yes, you’re apparently dumb. Not because you stayed in Ely – but based on the irrational insult you just leveled at the families of your neighbors.

      By the way and on the other hand, in your estimation, how many generations must exist before WP residents are not to be considered ‘carpet baggers’ anymore? How many generations do you represent, Mr. Local?

      Have a nice day.

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