Independence Day


(LE MARS)–A patriotic parade is planned in Le Mars for the Fourth of July holiday today (Monday, July 5).

This will be the fifth celebration organized by volunteers and featuring a short parade and a ceremony at Plymouth County Veterans Memorial Park in Le Mars. 


One of the organizers, Don Law, says a new memorial will be dedicated honoring those Plymouth County Veterans who have died while in the service to their country since September 11th, 2001. 

Wayne Thieman, who is working with Law and Mike Donlin, says the parade might be short in distance but it’s long on patriotic spirit.

The parade will begin at 10 a-m at the Le Mars Community School’s north lot. Parade participants should be at the lot by 9 a-m to line up. The route is 10 blocks.






Donlin says anyone can be in the parade but patriotic red, white and blue themed entries that aren’t commercial or political are encouraged. 

The brief program at the Plymouth County Veterans Memorial Park will begin after the parade. The program begins with the National Anthem, includes prayer, remarks by guest speakers and ends with the 21-gun salute and Taps. A lunch for a free will donation will follow.