Fallen Marine's wife, son serve as parade grand marshals
Crissie Carpenter and her son, Landon, served as grand marshals in Monday's parade.
Andrew Carpenter, 27, was serving overseas in Afghanistan when he was shot multiple times in mid-February. He was taken off life support after he was declared brain dead.
LEWISBURG, Tenn. – Monday's Fourth of July celebration in Marshall County honored local families who made the ultimate sacrifice.
Crissie Carpenter and her infant son Landon were among the grand marshals at the annual parade in Lewisburg.
Landon came into the world less than a month after his father, Lance Corporal Andrew Carpenter, was killed while serving overseas in Afghanistan.
The families of three other fallen soldiers also served as grand marshals.
"We certainly can sympathize with the community's pain as well as the families' pain," Jamie Bone, chairman of the annual parade, said. "We just wanted to honor their families and Andrew's family by having them as grand marshals to say thank you for their service, their commitment."
Crissie Carpenter told Nashville's News 2 she was proud of how the community honored the military.
"I thought it was a really cool thing so I decided to do it," she said. "Everybody was so nice. I loved seeing everybody waving. Landon loved it to so that was good."
Monday was the Rogillio family's first Fourth of July parade. They too were glad to see the communitywide support for America's troops.
"I have family in the military and I think it is very important that this town takes time out for them," Taylor Rogillio said.
The Cottrell family told Nashville's News 2 Fourth of July is about having the right balance of fun and patriotism.
"[We] came out this morning just to give them a sense of what Fourth of July is all about and to have some fun," Carl Cottrell said, adding, "Obviously there are fireworks and there is the fun of it but ultimately what is it about? It is about the independence of our country and the fight for freedom."
Jackie Scruggs added, "If it wasn't for our troops and stuff, we wouldn't be out here to enjoy the parade."
Monday's parade began at the Acres Shopping Center in Lewisburg at 9 a.m. and lasted about an hour.