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New Castle goes patriotic

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By Will Phillips

 

The New Castle Patriotic Festival, formerly known as the New Castle Spring Fling, will be bigger, brighter and more patriotic this year.

 New Castle Main Street Manager Jeff Thoke said they decided to go with a more patriotic theme for the festival this year due to the response that they received last year when they honored WWII veterans during the festivities. 

“We want to honor these heroes of the American greatest generation because they’re dwindling so fast,” Thoke said. “We’re losing…600-1,000 [WWII veterans] a day.”

Thoke has contacted 15 veterans about attending this year’s festival and says he is hopeful many of them will come. Of the 15 veterans, half are from Henry County, Thoke said. 

In addition, Thoke said that the veterans fought in all theatres of WWII, including the Pacific, in Europe and North Africa, as well as those who helped here at home during the war. Several of them received commendations for their service and many saw combat. 

Among the various activities for the festival is a meet and greet with the veterans, performances by Fred Astaire LaGrange and Dave Stahl and a car show, all following the parade at 11 a.m.

The New Castle Patriotic Festival will begin at 11 a.m. on June 14.