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Patriotic kids show their colors in H-E-B parade

By Sonny Long
July 3, 2010 at 2:03 a.m.

Savannah Kroos, 3 months, of Cuero, naps in a wagon after taking part in the H-E-B kids parade. The parade included bikes, tricycles and wagons with children walking around the H-E-B Plus parking lot.

Diana Vianes believes you can't start teaching children about patriotism too soon.

Her almost 2-year-old grandson Phillip Munoz's wagon, decorated in red, white and blue, was one of about two dozen entries in the 2nd annual H-E-B Plus Fourth of July parade Saturday morning.

"Independence Day is so important," said Vianes. "You start them little and bring them up to be proud to be an American."

H-E-B's Tara Munoz, who helped organize the event for the store, echoed Vianes' sentiments.

"It's for the children of our community," Munoz said. "It's something fun for them to do to celebrate our independence."

Kevin and Heather Kroos entered their 4-year-old and 3-month-old daughters, Madalynn and Savannah, in the parade.

"It's a family event," Kevin Kroos said. "And our country and our troops need all the support they can get right now."

The judges were impressed with the Kroos' tricycle and wagon combination, as the girls won the grand prize among all entries.

Store manager Doug Wallace said the parade was an opportunity to watch children display their patriotism and show support for our country and our troops.

Also taking part in the pre-parade ceremonies, as well as marching in the parade, were members of the Victoria County Veterans Council color guard. The Victoria Fire Department also had a truck in the parade and the U.S. Army Reserve added a Hummer.

Gary Moses served as master of ceremonies for the parade. Prizes were awarded to the top three entries in each age division.

After the parade, 3-year-old Michaella Wells said she had fun.

Her mother, Crystal Wells, said she entered her daughter in the parade to be patriotic and show support for the troops.

For Michaella, it was all about the parade.

"I had to watch out for the baby in the wagon," she said.

Michaella then smiled broadly and proclaimed proudly, "We had a parade."

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