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Honoring Our Nation's Soldiers Through a Parade

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RED LODGE, Mont. -

The Red Lodge Parade is an annual tradition. This year's theme is "Wagons Ho!" Those who had floats say it's an honor to participate in an Independence Day event.

"It couldn't be any better than being here in Red Lodge,” said Marv Coleman, a parade participant. “It’s just such a, it's kind of a small town parade but everybody just has a good time and enjoys the fourth."

Some are hoping to educate the public with their floats.

"We have the mules in the parade,” said Bill Mytton. “The mule has been in every war in America including Afghanistan and Iraq and they've helped carry ammunition."

The Myttons are representing Operation Second Chance in the parade. The organization serves wounded, injured, and ill veterans.

"Realizing all the things that have gone into creating our great country and the opportunities we have,” said Janice Mytton. “And we're especially proud of the military and the people who have served, we're proud of all Americans and all the good things that they've done around the world and in our country."

"It means basically these are the people that allow us to do this,” Bill said. “Without our soldiers we won't have the freedoms we have today so we do this in honor of them. And it goes back to family members, people we know who aren't here today, and it's the least we can do to try and keep our country as free as it is today."

The Myttons hope the Fourth of July will serve as a reminder to honor the sacrifices our nation's soldiers have made.