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America's Got Heroes
Take a few moments and imagine what the world would be like if there were no heroes. Our lives would be so much poorer. It's doubtful the United States would even exist. Our history has had heroes since Thomas Jefferson, Ben Franklin, Robert Morris and others signed the Declaration of Independence. Every soldier who fought in the Revolutionary War was a hero including George Washington and those 12,000 men who stayed in Valley Forge during the bitter winter of 1778. And down through the past 200 years, our nation has had many heroes; some well known, but many just ordinary citizens.Read more »
So, where are the heroes of today? They are all around us. They are the grandfather or the "old man" down the street who served in WWII. They are the men and women who served in Korea, Vietnam and other battles in which we have fought. They are the firemen, doctors and nurses who work protecting and healing us. A hero can be the volunteer fireman who gives up his Friday night to risk his life and save your home or the teachers, coaches and others who help our children. Your neighbor who brings soup to you when you are sick or clears your sidewalk after a heavy winter snow is a hero. The young boy or girl who gives up their time to visit the nursing home, clear a stream or help the homeless are heroes. Our heroes are ordinary citizens who see something that needs done and do it simply because it needs done and they are there. As you can tell, a hero can be almost any one of any age who goes "above and beyond" to help others.
With this perspective, as you look around, you can see that our community is rich with heroes. And, we want to recognize them. With your help, we can do this and show our appreciation to those who have helped to make Central Pennsylvania a better place for you and for all of us. Though heroes rarely want credit or even recognition, we think its important to say "thank you" to them and want to take this opportunity to offer them our appreciation and let the community learn more about the character and the actions of those we call "hero". This is the basis of the "America's Got Heroes" Program. So, look at those around you. Do you see a hero? If so, take the time to fill out our nomination form and let us know about your hero.
America's Got Heroes Parade of Heroes
The 3rd annual Parade of Heroes adds to the already well-established day of family-friendly-fun festivities celebrating our nation's birth. The Parade of Heroes is Saturday, July 4th, 2015 – beginning in front of the State College Municipal Building at 2:00pm. The parade route will travel through downtown State College, across the PSU campus and end at the PSU Law School Building. Please check back for updates on the parade start time.
The Parade of Heroes is the platform utilized to publicly thank and recognize the heroes of Central Pennsylvania. The heroes selected to participate in the parade will receive a commemorative plaque and be transported individually in vehicles through the parade route with their name's and town's highlighted on banners alongside the vehicle. Nominees not selected to be in the parade will receive honorable mentions and a certificate thanking them for their service to their community and country.
Freedom Bell Ringing - Let Freedom Ring!
This year the start of the Parade of Heroes will coincide with the ringing of bells. Across the nation, community churches are being encouraged to ring their bells on July 4th to help remind people that this is a day to commemorate and remember the blessings we enjoy here in America. Although the origin of this tradition is difficult to establish, it may go back to the ringing of church bells in Boston to alert people to the British advance, or to the inscription on the Liberty Bell. The inscription is from Leviticus 25:10 and reads, "Proclaim Liberty throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants thereof." Along this line, on July 4th, we are asking the State College area churches to ring their bells at 2:00 PM. We hope you will join us and let freedom ring this holiday. Thank you.
2014 Parade Lineup
This year 4thFest will have a camera recording from the parade, and streaming live here on 4thFest.org! We recommend enjoying the community and parade in person, but for those who cannot travel to State College, and to support our heroes serving stateside and overseas, we will live stream the parade via wireless service provided by Wireless Made Simple. The live stream begins approximately 2:00pm on Saturday, July 4th.