Kingsford, Mich. (WZMQ) – In Dickinson County, soldiers from the 1432nd Combat Engineering Unit of the Army National Guard played a significant role in the Fourth of July celebrations of Iron Mountain and Kingsford.
As the parade commenced, many onlookers stood and clapped as the Army convoy drove past, expressing their gratitude to those donning the uniform. Specialist Ripley, one of the soldiers, was overjoyed to be part of the community’s celebration. After the parade, he eagerly looked forward to spending the rest of the day with his family.
Specialist Ripley shared, “It’s my daughter’s first Fourth of July, so I’m going to spend it with her and my wonderful girlfriend, camping at Buck’s Marina.”
The children in the crowd were thrilled as candy was thrown at them, and some of them even saluted the passing soldiers. Specialist Dotson had plans to head to Lake Superior to celebrate on the water later in the day. However, he was excited to return to formation for next month’s drill, as he valued the camaraderie among his fellow soldiers.
Specialist Dotson expressed, “We have a sense of camaraderie here. I treat everyone like they’re my brothers, and honestly, I hope we can stay together as long as we can.”
Although the soldiers will be unable to attend the Kingsford Centennial Parade due to their involvement in several major repairs in cooperation with the Michigan DNR, Army recruiters will be present at Kingsford’s 100th Anniversary Celebration to encourage others to beat their high score on the punching bag, while also spreading awareness about the opportunities and benefits of joining the Army.
The Army National Guard soldiers played a vital role in making the Independence Day celebrations in Dickinson County memorable, showcasing their dedication to both their community and their duty to serve.
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