KFD Pride on Display During July 4th Parade

The KFD Honor Guard marching in the July 4th Parde. Photo by V. Wilson.

The KFD Honor Guard marching in the July 4th Parde. Photo by V. Wilson.

During the July 4th holiday, the City of Kingsport always hosts a July 4th Parade through the streets for businesses, churches, organizations, and politicians to walk and decorate floats to be on display for the public.  This is always a great time for the community to come together and line the streets for such a fun event. Yesterday, the parade lined the streets of Kingsport.

A few weeks ago, I wrote an article titled: The Pride Behind the Power of the KFD. The article was about several individuals and resources that help make the Kingsport Fire Department’s members jobs/lives much easier. It showcased our secretaries, Chaplain, as well as our newly formed Women’s Auxiliary Program.

KFD Honor Guard

KFD Honor Guard marches during the July 4th Parade in Kingsport. Photo by Ashley Bishop.

KFD Honor Guard marches during the July 4th Parade in Kingsport. Photo by Ashley Bishop.

The Kingsport Fire Department Honor Guard is a very prideful position that few members of the department hold. The Honor Guard presents colors at a number of our departments events, and they also assist departments in the area upon request. The KFD Honor Guard participates in funeral details, includes a bagpiper, and they also march during the July 4th Parade every year. The members of the Honor Guard practice on a regular basis, and when it’s time to perform…they look great! While I have been approached to be in it, time constraints have prevented me from doing so. I hope to be able to be involved in the future though.

The Women’s Auxiliary Program

The Auxiliary Program's float during the parade.

The Auxiliary Program’s float during the parade. Photo by Ashley Bishop.

The Women’s Auxiliary also worked very hard to prepare a float for the July 4th Parade. This is the first time that they have done anything like this, and it was a great success. The members of the Auxiliary Program set-up a Local 2270 sign, the inflatable boot that is used in MDA Boot Drive’s, and they also handed out candy to the members of the community.

As always, it is very great to see members of the Department and their families take pride in the job that we do. It is up to us to make the best out of our career, and one of the first steps is to TAKE PRIDE in ourselves, our Department, and our fire service.

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