PENINSULA Liberty For All is the theme for Loyalty Days 2013 and all are invited to partake in the long celebrated weekend of family-friendly patriotic fun.
Since its creation by the Veterans of Foreign Wars in 1950, Loyalty Day has been a beloved patriotic event on the Peninsula for 63 consecutive years.
This years festivities will start with a dedication of the Veterans Field flag plaza at the corner of South Third and Oregon streets on Saturday at 10 a.m.
At the Port of Ilwaco, there will be a Coast Guard display from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., as well as Saturday Market from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
In downtown Ilwaco, the Loyalty Day kids parade will start at noon.
At the Ilwaco boat basin, join the Ilwaco Charter Association for free scenic boat ride as part of the Blessing of the Fleet ceremony to remember those lost at sea. The boats plan to leave the docks at 1 p.m.
Then from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., stop by the Long Beach Elks Lodge (110 North Pacific) for the oyster feed.
At 6 p.m., the Elks will also host the Loyalty Days honors banquet, with a social hour until dinner is served at 7 p.m. Master of ceremonies Mike Williams will treat guests to a presentation by guest speaker Patrick Henry (portrayed by Richard Schumann), music by the Joint Base Lewis-McChord I-Corps Quartet, an awards presentation, table auction and a gift basket drawing.
On Sunday, a cowboy breakfast will be served at the Peninsula Saddle Club grounds (6407 Sandridge Road) from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. After breakfast, take the kids down to the Ilwaco Fire Hall for fire truck rides between 10 a.m. and 11 a.m.
Then head to Long Beach to find the perfect seat to watch the Loyalty Days program and parade. Join master of ceremonies Jim Sayce, Patrick Henry and Coast Guard Lt. Scott McGrew at the reviewing stand in downtown Long Beach for the Loyalty Days program.
In Peninsula tradition, the parade will start with a U.S. Coast Guard fly over at about 1 p.m. The parade route will take approximately 120 entrants from 10th Street North down Pacific Avenue to Sid Snyder Drive and east to Washington Ave.
Some of this years parade participants include representation by local law enforcement and U.S. Coast Guard, drill teams and rodeo queens, marching bands, clowns, antique cars, political figures and Grand Marshall Patrick Henry.
Parade trophies will be awarded at the Veterans Field around 3:30 p.m.
For more event information, call the Loyalty Days Foundation at 642-4441 or log onto www.loyaltydayslongbeach.com.