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Fairview CIC holds day of patriotism
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Lacy Garrison photo Fairview CIC Pageant winners from each age group are pictured on-stage in their special sashes and tiaras during Fairviews Independence Day Celebration Saturday. Front row, from left, are Lakelyn Curtis, Jimmie Knight holding Lorelai Ayers, Darrell Lee holding Adaline Lee and Piper Lewis. Mother Tiffany Mathis holds baby Karsyn Curtis, who yawns while wearing his patriotic bow tie. In the back, mother Jennifer Fults holds baby Annalee Fults.

Patriotism, pride and appreciation toward the many United State veterans who have represented the country were the focus at Fairview CIC’s Independence Day Celebration Saturday. 

The day opened with a flag ceremony raising the American flag and a POW flag, as well as reciting the "Pledge of Allegiance." Emcee Randy England recognized three World War II veterans, Hugh Stubblefield, Harold Griffith and Paul Jones, while Ronnie Powell introduced all veterans gathered around the flag pole.

Thanks and appreciation were given to members of the Patriot Guard, Rescue Squad, Fire Departments and Police Department before the group was dismissed for breakfast prepared and served by CIC members.

The highlight of the day was Schneider’s Ride of Pride truck, with the cab of the truck covered with depictions of numerous monuments. Due to the popularity of the truck, Fairview festivity organizers decided to have their holiday celebration early to accommodate the truck’s schedule. Some of the memorials showcased on the truck include Arlington National Cemetery, Air Force Memorial, Vietnam Wall, Iwo Jima Memorial and the Korean War Veterans Memorial.

“The American” is driven by Air Force veteran David Buck, who feels like it’s an honor to do so.

“This is our most current truck, and I love to travel and meet people who gather at functions like this,” said Buck. “The idea is if veterans can’t go on an Honor Flight to see the memorials, we will bring them to them with this truck.”
Veteran Bernie Brown served in the U.S. Army from 1958-79, and comes from a military family with four brothers also serving in the military.

Concerning the truck, he said, “It’s nice that someone cares enough to honor the veterans and showcase the memorials. It is a rolling memorial that brings lots of emotions.”
Morning ball games were enjoyed by the younger set, finishing up season play at the community center. The annual Fairview CIC Pageant was held at 1 p.m., with both young and old participating. Newly crowned Mr. and Ms. Fairview are Darrell Lee and Jimmie Knight. Youngsters crowned include Lakelyn Curtis, Lorelai Ayers. Adaline Lee, Piper Lewis, Karsyn Curtis and Annalee Fults. 

Music from the band, Southern Breeze, started at 5 p.m., followed by fireworks lighting up the sky closing a patriotic day in the Fairview community.