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LIGHTNING PHOTOS: Fourth of July parade celebrates America's birthday

Hundreds of people lined Main Street on Thursday for the annual Fourth of July parade, a flag-draped celebration of America's birthday.

 

Parade grand marshal was William T. "Bill" Stanley, a decorated Air Force colonel who flew 220 combat missions during the Vietnam War. Shot down on his 191st mission, he was rescued by U.S. forces. He's one of 44 men and women honored on the "Faces of the Vietnam War" exhibit at the LBJ Library & Museum in Austin, Texas.

A native of Centennary, South Carolina, Stanley graduated from the University of South Carolina, earned a masters degree from Troy State University and serviced in the Air Force for 30 years — 11 of those abroad. He earned a Purple Heart, Silver Star, Legion of Merit, Distinguished Flying Cross, Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal and numerous Oak Leaf Clusters. During his Air Force career he also was an avid player and coach in several sports, earning the Air Force-Europe Sportsman of the Year Award in 1964.

Parade entries were:

1 HONOR GUARD
2 AMERICAN LEGION RIDERS
3 APPLE COUNTRY ENGINE & TRACTOR ASSOCIATION
4 VETERANS OF FOREIGN WARS & AUXILIARY POST 5206
5 SENATOR CHUCK EDWARDS
6 HENDERSON COUNTY RESCUE SQUAD
7 WESTERN CAROLINA FRIENDS OF AMBUCS
8 BLUE RIDGE HUMANE SOCIETY
9 NC APPLE FESTIVAL AMBASSADOR KAITLYN LEDBETTER
10 LUMBER RIVER 4X4
11 WHKP, HENDERSON COUNTYS RADIO STATION SINCE 1946
12 LINDSEY SIMPSON FOR HENDERSONVILLE CITY COUNCIL
13 FAKHOURY ACADEMY OF TAEKWONDO
14 CHARLES JONES & HIS WHITE RIDE
15 VIETNAM VETERANS OF AMERICA CHAPTER 124
16 JOSH DOBSON FOR LABOR COMMISSIONER
17 HOLISTIC ELDER SERVICES
18 DOMINICK WASIELEWSKI IN HIS SLINGSHOT
19 TYLER RAY HENDERSON COUNTY CLERK OF COURT
20 MOUNTAIN FRESH ORCHARDS
21 HENDERSON COUNTY GOP
22 JAKE JOHNSON CANIDATE FOR N.C. HOUSE
23 TWO BOYZ ICE CREAM
24 BLUE RIDGE HONOR FLIGHT
25 106.9 THE LIGHT FM
26 HENDERSONVILLE JEEP CLUB
27 MOUNTAIN APPLIANCE SERVICES
28 HENDERSONVILLE MERCHANTS AND BUSINESS ASSOCIATION