An Army veteran’s love of country and dedication to his duty has saved the Fourth of July celebration for his town which is named after the very premise of the holiday.
Retired Staff Sergeant Glen Phillips discovered in late June that his town of Liberty, Kentucky didn’t plan on having its annual parade for the Fourth of July after they couldn’t find enough volunteers in which to organize it, according to the Advocate Messenger.
Phillips, who served during Operation Desert Storm in Iraq, wasn’t going to allow that to happen and took it upon himself to make it happen.
“I thought to myself, something about this isn’t right,” he said. “Lack of interest? That doesn’t sound like the Liberty I know.”
According to the local chamber of commerce’s executive director, Blaine Staat, only three people had shown up to the two meetings that were held in order to organize the event. Although they maintained their plans to ring the replica Liberty Bell, hold a 5k marathon, and have their fireworks show.
Staat said that the same people are called upon every year to organize the parade since they’re a small town. “But me and three people just couldn’t get it done,” he said.
Phillips didn’t buy it, and instead thought that the town didn’t advertise enough for it by only sending out an email and buying a couple of radio spots, so he turned to Facebook. Phillips penned an angry post calling out the town’s officials for not putting enough effort into such an important occasion.
“Talk about a run around,” states part of Phillips post. “Excuse me but that’s not the governing I support. I’m not a tea party guy or an extremist or anything like that but one thing I am with all of my heart is an American. There is a lot wrong with this. Actually everything. Without Independence Day there would be no America and the freedoms we enjoy.”
Apparently his rant was enough to get the local people motivated to act. Now the parade will be run as scheduled and local businesses have decided to pitch in food and beverages for the event.
“Independence Day is for everyone,” Phillips said. “If you’ve got something patriotic, we want you in.”
They’re also seeking volunteers from the local fire department, 4-H clubs, and tractor and car clubs, along with whoever else wants to march in the parade.
“Liberty, Kentucky, is America,” Phillips said. “Small-town America.”