Letter: Thank you, everyone, for another great Fourth

Posted 7/6/22

To the editor:Well, we just completed another year, 237 celebrations under our collective belt, and we are already looking at number 238. What are we going to do to make it better, last longer (in …

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Letter: Thank you, everyone, for another great Fourth

Posted

To the editor:

Well, we just completed another year, 237 celebrations under our collective belt, and we are already looking at number 238. What are we going to do to make it better, last longer (in our mind), and what might make the next one just a bit more special? Those are the things that run through our head as we begin again.

But first let me pause and give thanks to all who helped.

As I said at Patriotic Exercises, it takes a village to raise this celebration and parade. Every committee member contributes their heart, their mind, their body and their soul to this celebration and for that, I say Thank You!
To our Police, who make our community the safest in Rhode Island, you are some of the finest people I know, and you make a difference in our lives every day. It is never easy, and yet you make it seem that it is. Thank you, Chief Kevin Lynch, and every officer under your command.

To our entire Fire Department under Chief Mike DeMello, who care deeply for the community they live and work in, and who ensure that every patron in the parade is safe and healthy at the end of our 2.5 mile parade, Thank You!

To our Department of Public Works under Chris Parella, who work tirelessly to ensure our town is back in order on July 5th, and always looking its best, Thank You!

To our other town Departments, I appreciate your support more than you know, Thank You!

To our town leaders, who always lend their time and advice along the way, and always have the town’s best interest in mind, Thank You!

To the residents of Bristol, who come out with their friends and family and donate to help support this wonderful time of year, Thank You!

To our military, past and present, your sacrifices are recognized and your commitment to defend our freedoms and our constitution are appreciated by a grateful town, and a grateful committee, Thank You!

To our East Bay Media Group and the Phoenix, thank you for being our print media partner and being such an integral part of our Democracy.

To Camille Teixeira, for the many personal sacrifices and your enduring perseverance and wicked big smile in planning this year’s parade, it will be one I will always remember, Thank You!

Finally, to my wife Wendy, and my kids, for your help, patience and love, Thank You!

In the Spirit of the Fourth of July.

Chuck MacDonough
General Chairman 2022/2023
Bristol Fourth of July Committee
3 Polk Court

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