By Orlando A. Garcia, Captain (Retired), U.S. Army, ALR 47 President, Havre de Grace, Md.
On the afternoon of July 5, 2015, the American Legion Riders of the Joseph L. Davis Jr. Post 47, Havre de Grace, Md., participated in the annual 4th of July Parade in Havre de Grace. The Riders won 2nd place in the Best Motorcycle/Van Group in the parade. The parade had over 95 entries and lasted about two hours.
The parade route spanned the length of Union Avenue from Warren Street to Commerce Street. While not a lengthy trip for the Riders, the extremely slow pace and heat made it for a growling ride. Yet everyone made it through unscathed and proud at the cheers they got along the way from the crowds.
The display the Riders put on was patriotic and enthusiastic and consisted of seven motorcycles, one support vehicle as a float, and two walkers passing out candy to the crowds which lined the street. Those who participated were Orlando Garcia, Candy Garcia, Matthew Garcia, Dick Smalley, Janyce Smalley, Tina Wright, Steve Hoffman, Dave Burleigh, Ladonna Burleigh, Jason Fears, Amy Fears and Ernie Nagy (fellow Legionnaire).
We are proud of how we represented the American Legion and our proud veterans. We look forward to being a part of the parade next year on July 3, 2016.
Photo taken by Amy Fears. Pictured (standing, left to right): Ladonna Burleigh, Jason Fears, Matthew Garcia, Candy Garcia, Orlando Garcia, Steve Hoffman; (kneeling) Dave Burleigh; (seated) Dick Smalley. Not pictured: Amy Fears, Janyce Smalley, Tina Wright and Ernie Nagy.