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Letter: Partying is not patriotism

Letter: Partying is not patriotism

As a native Bristolian who now lives somewhere else, I congratulate all Bristolians on another successful celebration of America’s Independence Day — and I ask you to stop this shameless self-promotion as America’s most patriotic town. There are three things about patriotism Bristolians need to keep in mind: Patriotism is much more than parades, flags,

Photos by Rich Dionne
A float called “The Faces of Honor” sponsored by Raytheon and the Jewish War Veterans of USA, depicts a battle scene.

Rain didn’t dampen this parade

Heavy rains didn’t dampen the patriotic spirit as thousands of spectators lined Hope and High streets for the 229th annual Bristol 4th of July Parade Friday. Despite a forecast that could have threatened to end the 229-year run of consecutive parades, the procession stepped off as scheduled at 10:30 a.m., despite the rain that started just