|Anna Grace and Elena Philippe with their neighbor, Colin Clos.|
As I stood with my neighbors in their festive clothing, watching the children plan their candy strategy, I was struck by the wonderful tradition Fort Thomas has of honoring our nation's past (as well as our city's), while celebrating our future through our greatest treasure: our children. As I took photos of the parade, they were my main focus.
It wasn't long before I met a tiny Fort Thomas resident who had only been in our country for two weeks. Elena was celebrating her very first Independence Day parade with her sister, Anna Grace, and her mom, Wynne Philippe. Little Elena enjoyed waving at the parade as it went by. Two weeks ago Elena was living in China and now her home is in Fort Thomas, Kentucky, another classic story of America.
Look carefully at the faces in these photos for they are the future of our city.
Names are mentioned if known.
|Elena waving at the parade.|
|Anna Grace, Wynne, and Elena Philippe|
|Madison and Mckinley Cappel|
|Diamond Swaitti with her father|
|Brody Kremer and Joey Aber|
|The City of Fort Thomas officials|
|Adele Ross, a member of Highlands Color Guard|
|Fort Thomas Education Foundation (FTEF)|
|National Society, Daughters of the American Revolution, Mary Ingles Chapter|
|The Boy Scouts dragon|
|Many dogs were enjoying the parade or walking in it.|
|If your house is on the parade route, you might as well have some water fun while you're watching.|
|Summit Marshall Arts.|
|Manyet Dance Studio|
|Blue Devils baseball team|