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Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Rosemead gets its "Smokey On" for the 4th

The City of Rosemead in Los Angeles County had its fourth of July parade on Saturday July 3rd. It was your typical fourth of July parade with marching bands, military personnel, local dignitaries and one world famous and recognizable person... Smokey Bear was one of the invited guests along with members of the California Highway patrol. Smokey was brought to life by CAL FIRE San Bernardino Unit VIP (Volunteer in Prevention) Jason Lannon. Always a crowd favorite, Smokey excited kids and grown-ups alike. for adults, Smokey brings back childhood remembrances like one lady who remembered a trip to Washington D.C. during which her family went to the national zoo and she got to see the real Smokey Bear. She said that he seemed comfortable around humans and did not growl or roar.

Smokey was greeted with cheers and applause as he passed the reviewing stand and the parade announcer reminder the pubic of Smokey's favorite phrase... "Only YOU can prevent wildland fires".