The family of Sergeant 1st Class Riley G. Stephens will serve as grand marshal of the Hometown Parade scheduled for Thursday, July 4.
“This is My Country” is the theme this year.
“We believe the Stephens family personifies that theme,” said Chamber CEO Mike Scott.
Sergeant Stephens and his wife, Tiffany, rode in the 2009 parade.
“Riley’s dad, Mick, called me in June of 2009 to see if Riley could ride his horse in the parade if he was able to get home from the war. He said Riley might be home on a brief leave from Afghanistan and it was always his dream to ride in our parade. We created a spot for him and he literally made it to town on July 3,” said Scott.
Riley died Sept. 28, 2012 from enemy small arms fire while deployed in Wardak, Afghanistan. He became the 2,000 casualty of the war.
Riley and his family are from Tolar and many will recall the funeral procession from Tolar to DFW National Cemetery last year.
“We thought it would be appropriate to honor the Stephens family on this Independence Day. Parade grand marshal is a way to honor citizens and entities that have made extraordinary contributions to the betterment of Granbury, Hood County and our country,” said Scott.
The Granbury Chamber sponsors the Fourth of July activities each year, and the board of directors selects the grand marshal.
Parade entries will be accepted until June 3. Applications are available on the granburychamber.com website.
Commercial entry is $75, non-commercial entry is $35.
For a complete listing of the 4th of July events go to www.granburychamber.com.
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