Dedications and Grand Marshals

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2015: The People of Arlington, Grand Marshal TBD


2014
Arlington Historical Society, Grand Marshal: Geraldine Mills
2013
Educators of Arlington, Grand Marshals: Dr. Vistasp Karbhari, President of UT Arlington, Dr. Marcelo Cavazos, Superintendent of Arlington ISD, Dr. Bill Coppola, President of Tarrant County College SE Campus
2012
Arlington Citizens Who Have Given Their Lives For The Cause of Freedom, Grand Marshal: Four generations of Girl Scouts
2011
To Those Who Come Together To Unite Our Country, Grand Marshal: Allen Saxe
2010
The Youth Of America (100 Years of Boy Scouts), Grand Marshal: Three generations of Hellier family Eagle Scouts (Tom, Clark and Kyle)
2009
Great Moments In American History
2008
Those Who Uphold Our Freedoms, Grand Marshal: Ruthe Jackson
2007
One Nation Built By All, Grand Marshal: Bill Kilpartick
2006
Dedicated to Arlington 4th of July Sponsors-Grand Marshals are Sponsors: Accent Awards, AE Petsche Co., AISD, Arbori, City of Arlington, Comcast, Duncan Disposal, Geico, General Motors, KLIF, Rooms to Go, Six Flags Over Texas, Star-Telegram, UTA, Westlake Ace Hardware.
2005
Dedication: The dedication is a “THANK YOU” to all those who promote a spirit of patriotism, especially those that have paid the ultimate sacrifice for the Flag. The “Thank You” goes to Arlington, for contributing to 40 years of successful Independence day celebrations. Included in this “Thank You” are our sponsors and parade participants, as well as the spectators. Grand Marshals: Past Parade Marshals
2004
“To Those Who Keep The Music Coming.” Grand Marshals: Arlington’s longtime proponents of music and retired AISD music directors, Jane Ellis and Dean Corey will be honored at the Fourth of July Parade this year. Dean Corey’s wife, Becky Corey, and Jane Ellis will be the parade’s Grand Marshals.
2003
“Our Children, Our Future”, Grand Marshals: Patrick Davis, Tam Ho, Lauren Gaines, Michael Sherwin, Tenetia Carpenter, Tiera Thompson
2002
Those Who Serve America – All branches of the service, firemen, policemen, etc.
2001
Dedicated to 50 years of friendship between Arlington and our sister city – Bad Konigshofen, Germany – Grand Marshals Theda Howel who was the one who first became a pen pal to a girl in the German city and Former Mayor Vandergriff who was the Mayor when Arlington helped this struggling city.
2000
Dedicated to Science and Technology Contributions to the American Dream – Grand Marshals are AISD teachers, Pattie Musselman, Charlie Hagen, Jo Matsler, Jane Borland and Trey Crumpton.
1999
Dedicated to organizations which preserve America’s history and principles of democracy – Grand Marshal Dorothy Rencurrel, Chairman of the Arlington Landmark Preservation Committee and long time worker to preserve the history of Arlington.
1998
Dedicated to those unsung heroes in our midst – Grand Marshal Tillie Burgin, Executive Director of Mission Arlington.
1997
Dedicated to the religious community of Arlington – Grand Marshal Harold Elliot, Chaplain of the Arlington Police Department and former pastor.
1996
Dedicated to UTA Alumni – Grand Marshals Anna Waynette Vandergriff, former first lady of Arlington: Royce West, Texas Senator, and George Campbell, Arlington City Manager.
1995
Dedicated to the All-Star Game – Grand Marshal Governor George W. Bush.
1994
Dedicated to the American Red Cross – Grand Marshal Charles Brosseau, Chairman, Tarrant County Red Cross.
1993
Dedicated to Arlington’s Volunteers – Grand Marshal Jeanne Keetle (representing all of Arlington’s volunteers).
1992
Dedicated to the Banks of Arlington (they have furnished the American Flags to the crowd for a number of years – Grand Marshal Miss Arlington.
1991
Dedicated to the men and women of the military services – Grand Marshals The veterans of all five branches of services: Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Coast Guard, and Air Force.
1990
Dedicated to the Past Presidents of the Arlington Fourth of July Celebration (Note: Silver Anniversary Year of the parade – Grand Marshal Joe McCabe, only charter member of the association who has actively worked with the group for 25 years.
1989
Dedicated to the Arlington Museum of Art – Grand Marshals Howard and Arista Joyner (founders of the Arlington Art Museum and Arlington Art Association).
1988
Dedicated to the Arts in Arlington – Grand Marshal Ray Lichtenwalter (Director: Arlington Band, which plays at City Hall during the parade and again at the evening program).
1987
Dedicated to sponsors of the Independence Day celebration – Grand Marshals Dan Crowe (President of DFW Suburban Newspapers) parade sponsor and Bailey and Jennie Ruff (owners of Arlington Hardware) evening program and fireworks Display sponsors.
1986
Dedicated to the Lone Star State (Year of Sesquicentennial) – Grand Marshal Former Mayor and Congressman Tom Vandergriff (Chairman of Arlington Sesquicentennial Committee).
1985
Dedicated to AISD – Grand Marshal Retiring Superintendent J. W. Counts.
1984
Dedicated to UTA – Grand Marshal Dr. Wendell Nedderman (UTA President).
1983
Dedicated to the Fielder Museum – Grand Marshal Robert Fielder.
1982
Dedicated to the memory of Carolyn Snider, long-time city councilwoman, church and civic worker and ardent supporter of Arlington and the Independence Day celebration. Note: Empty car with signs on the sides at the front of the parade.
1981
Dedicated to the memory of Howard “Gumpy” Moore, who served as Parade Marshal 1965-1980. Noted: an empty car with signs on the sides at the front of the parade.
1974
Beverly Leggitt and Dottie Lynn

History: The tradition of dedicating the parade to someone or something each year and having a Grand Marshal did not begin until 1981 when our long time Parade Marshal, Howard Moore, died just prior to July 4, 1981.

Official Date And Time
DATE: July 4, 2015 - Saturday
TIME: 9:00 AM
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