Friday’s news that the Rome Area Chamber of Commerce and its Honor America Days Committee has extended the deadline to accept applications for the annual parade is welcome news.
In just a few short weeks — Saturday, July 28 to be exact — the annual parade and concert on the lawn of the Fort Stanwix National Monument will help transform and unify our community.
This year’s theme, “A Celebration of Community Pride,” is fitting because once again, we have much to be proud of. Our area ranks among the safest in the state, according to federal crime statistics. Likewise, an influx of $10 million in state funding is helping to transform the city’s downtown and emerging technology in unmanned aerial systems is helping the region to grow and diversify.
While some may focus on what we don’t have — and we must continue to work toward additional economic development and community revitalization — this is time to focus on what we do have, in abundance, such as a caring and committed professional community, strong family and community connections, and great cultural organizations with a passion for Rome, its people and its history.
For those groups that haven’t already signed up to join the Honor America Days parade, the time to do so is now. It is both a great event and a wonderful way to support the community.
To register, visit www.romechamber.com and fill out the form. The parade steps off at 10 a.m. on North James Street, opposite Rome Memorial Hospital — don’t let it go by without you.