Honoring Soldiers on the 4th

By: Alice Barr
By: Alice Barr

It's the largest parade Rockford has ever put on, with more than one hundred groups represented, including local politicians, law enforcement, military servicemen and women and of course Elvis.
With hundreds of people lining the sides of the streets, not to mention the paraders themselves, Rockford police say security is number one on their minds.
"We always plan for crowd-control, we always plan and train for all the possibilities that could occur in regards to having that many people in one place," says Sergeant Dane Person.
This independence day, many parade-watchers are thinking about the security of our nation and the men and women fighting for it.
"They're out there fighting a war and with all the stuff that's going on, and hopefully one day we'll get it resolved," says parade watcher Armando Perez.
"My favorite thing is the U.S. Army because they fought for our country and they survived," adds Junior Robles.
Sergeant David Frye is one of those survivors. He served for more than a year in Afghanistan.
"I like the 4th of July because it helps people remember the origin of our country and the principles that our country was based on and one of those is freedom and independence day says it all," says Sgt. Frye.
Frye says he spends Independence Day thinking of his friends who are still overseas fighting for freedom and independence all over the world.
Sergeant Person says Rockford police didn't have any special security checkpoints set up Wednesday because it was mostly families parade watching and they weren't too worried about the crowd getting out of hand. That means police could focus on traffic control and keeping parade watchers out of harm's way.
Police also had an eye out for illegal fireworks and anyone drinking alcohol out on the streets. They say there were no serious problems to report.


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  • by savannah palmer Location: rockford il on Jul 6, 2007 at 04:40 PM
    i was fighting for my own life on the forth of july i understand that there were thousands of people on land enjoying the show and that they had to have alot of patrol there but they have to understand that there needs to be more patrol then 2 boats on the river for the boaters too
  • by marilyn Location: home on Jul 5, 2007 at 02:49 PM
    We attended the 4th activities down town at the state street bridge. at the end there was a disturbance at the west end of the bridge with fire crackers and panic with the people thinking it was gun fire. There was not adaquate police presence at that location, and someone could have been hurt with the panic.
  • by Diane Location: Rockford on Jul 5, 2007 at 09:59 AM
    Why is there no mention of the 400 motorcycles that turned out adorned with flags - not one mention on any tv station or the RR Star paper!! Unbelievable!! Maybe next year they should all boycott Rockford's parade!
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