In The News: Remembering An Outstanding Event

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Kevin Lyons’s Thursday column about festivals stirs memories and is a pleasant reminder of those halcyon days when Woodstock conducted a weekend of national acclaim.

From 1955 to 1974, Woodstock welcomed the country’s top drum and bugle corps as part of a rousing parade featuring music, high-stepping marchers and, above all, a tribute to veterans who served our country so well.

Longtime residents of Woodstock will recall what I’m referring to: the V-J Day Parade and Pageant of Drums. Maynard Wilkerson was organizer and chairman of the event. He declared that the event should be a reminder that this country must never let down its guard against intrusions or subterfuge of foreign countries. In 1955, this nation still was quite aware how Japan had deceived our leaders and launched its devastating attack at Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941.

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Posted by on Wednesday, April 9th, 2008. Filed under DCI World.