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Aubrey Shipman, of New Lenox, holds an American flag while poking out of an SUV’s sunroof during the New Lenox Loyalty Day Parade on May 10. Aubrey was participating in the parade as a member of Girl Scout Troop 254. Photos by Jason Maholy/22nd Century Media
New Lenox Community Park District Board President Brian Fischer (right) hands out candy to spectators while riding with the New Lenox Lions Club May 10 during the Loyalty Day Parade.
Jason Maholy, Freelance Reporter
2:52 pm CDT May 15, 2017

Dogs in the street, children dressed as cookies and about 50 American flags were among the sights at New Lenox’s annual Loyalty Day Parade, which rolled through the village for the 39th time on May 10.

Vintage armored military vehicles were also part of the procession in a parade that was first held in 1978 as a tribute for war veterans organized by war veterans. Members of the 18th District of the Veterans of Foreign Wars put together that first parade, the organization of which has since been taken over by the New Lenox VFW Post 9545.