Cnn Features County Float On Memorial Day

June 02, 1991|By Jill L. Zarend | Jill L. Zarend,Staff writer

A float prepared by the Young Republicans of Anne Arundel County, honoring two county servicemen killed in the Persian Gulf war, was featured during Cable News Network's Memorial Day coverage.

The 13 1/2-foot float, complete with two 10-by-15-foot American flags, more than 14,000 pieces of yellow tissue paper stuffed in chicken wire and four large photos of the servicemen, was paraded through the streets ofGlen Burnie, Odenton and Annapolis.

"We wanted the club to do something to honor these two serviceman," club president Kevin Berry said. "And when the idea of a float wasmentioned, we all knew this would be the best way to accomplish our goal."

The families of the soldiers, Navy Lt. James Love of Severna Park and Sgt. Ronald Randazzo of Glen Burnie, attended the parade.

The club spent six weeks putting the float together. On Memorial Day, it was escorted from parade to parade by the county Sheriff's Department. Berry said about 28 of the club's 150 members worked on the float.

"When we transported it from place to place, it was like sailing," he said. "When a gust of wind hit it, it was like, 'Whoa.' "

Jon Haas of Millersville chaired the float committee. Cliff Ropp of Severna Park donated the use of his truck and service bay at his Colony 7 Shell station.

A list on the back of the float thanked donors who contributed $1,000 of the float's $1,300 cost.

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