BELTON — Bouncing on her mother’s hip, the festivities in Belton on Wednesday must have seemed to Maddy Noranbrock like a blur of red, white and blue.
It was, after all, the 3 month old’s first time at a parade that’s become to thousands an institution.
“She is loving it so far,” said her mother, Megan Noranbrock, who came back in September from a one-year Iraq deployment. “I used to come here every Fourth of July when I was a little girl, so it’s nice to be able to pass that tradition on.”
A few blocks down it was also the first visit for Maj. Nico Teerds of the Netherland’s 11 air mobile brigade.
He and his unit drove from Fort Hood to see the fanfare first hand. He said it was nothing like his homeland’s “Queens Day.”
“Everything is new for us,” he said as droves of people toting lawn chairs, toddlers and snow cones lined North Main Street and East Central Avenue to watch more than 200 patriotic vehicles float by. “What I love about your country is the respect everyone has for the Army.”
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