Prattville Celebrates Independence Day and Veterans


By Josh Ninke

The rain hasn't stopped people in Prattville from celebrating this Independence Day.

The Lions Club and the City of Prattville have been working for months to bring today's events together. One of the most important parts was thanking Vietnam veterans.

"Well when we first came home from Vietnam we were not welcomed. We were not treated well. And I've made it my mission to make sure that everyone who does serve particularly now is welcomed home as they should be," said Vietnam vet Mike Reneger. 

"We all know from history the controversy of that war and how some of our veterans were treated unfairly when they arrived home and I think it's just a great celebration. I hope this brings a lot of pride to themselves," said Prattville Mayor Bill Gillespie.

The Lions club also sold barbecue plates throughout the day to benefit even more people. 

"We do all this, and obviously we're all tired, but we do it. We're glad to do it because all the money that's raised today and any lions event, goes strictly back into the community. We send people kids and their families to diabetes camps," said Lion's Club President Cindy Ducker. 

Prattville Mayor Bill Gillespie was happy to see so many people come out to help celebrate the holiday even though the weather wasn't perfect. 

"Well you know the rain has been a good thing it's sort of had a little break. Not much, but sort of a break. It just proves that this area is very patriotic," said Gillespie. 

One of the fun highlights of the day was a boat race. Teams competed to make boats out of cardboard and duct tape with only a short period of time to put them together. 

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