Lions honor local heroes: Patriotic presentation planned during Flamin’ Dick concert

By on June 24, 2015


Fourth of July in Lititz starts July 3 with the Lions Club Independence Day Parade, followed by ‘50s and ‘60s rock and roll in the park with Flamin’ Dick and The Hot Rods. The combination has become a popular community tradition.

This year, the Lions will unveil a new observance — honoring local heroes with a video tribute.

Back in March, Lion Jane Lundsten sent press releases to local newspapers, inviting the public to submit photos of military personnel so they could be displayed at the Lititz Springs Park bandshell prior to the Flamin’ Dick concert.

Meanwhile, Karen Watkins, while not a member of the Lions Club, had an idea for a different sort of slide show. She envisioned old-timey images of Lititz and Warwick Township, set to the song “Americana” by country music artist Moe Bandy.

Karen called Lions president Keith Lundsten to pitch her idea and he gave the go-ahead. With the help of her daughter, Savannah, and Jane Lundsten, Watkins got to work. The resulting five minute creation, which contains a collection of rare vintage photographs, will be shown prior to the July 3 concert, around 8:30 p.m.

At intermission, the presentation of military photographs, which includes a host of veterans from local retirement communities, will be shown set to music, honoring approximately 150 veterans.

Duane Ober, administrator of the Warwick Emergency Services Commission, who oversees volunteer emergency personnel from four different jurisdictions, also got in on the act.

On the heels of a well-attended WESC volunteer appreciation banquet in May, Ober created a tribute video featuring photos of more than 186 firemen, fire police and EMTs who serve in Brickerville, Brunnerville, Rothsville and Lititz. Each face will flash on the screen for five seconds during the third presentation, which will be shown at the conclusion of the Flamin’ Dick concert.

It’s the hope of the Lions Club that the video tributes add a personal touch to the evening, and that attendees will pause to reflect on the men and women who gave — and continue to give — selflessly in service of their country and fellow man.

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