A Patriotic Walk Around Old Mission on July 4, 2021 | Jane Boursaw Photo
Veterans Tom Petzold and Bernie Oakes led the Pledge of Allegiance at the Legion Hall; A Patriotic Walk Around Old Mission on July 4, 2021 | Jane Boursaw Photo
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A small but mighty crowd gathered for the Sixth Annual “Patriotic Walk Around Old Mission” on Sunday, July 4, 2021 (formerly the “Bay Street Parade”).

The day was warm, but the spirits were high as participants assembled in Mike and Karen Norton’s driveway on Bay Street opposite Haserot Beach.

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Kids on bicycles, dogs decked out in red, white and blue, and all manner of Jeeps, Corvettes, golf carts and fire engines made their way down Bay Street and around the corner to the Old Mission Legion Hall, where veterans Tom Petzold and Bernie Oakes led the Pledge of Allegiance.

Veterans Bernie Oakes and Tom Petzold led the Pledge of Allegiance at the Legion Hall; A Patriotic Walk Around Old Mission on July 4, 2021 | Jane Boursaw Photo
Veterans Bernie Oakes and Tom Petzold lead the Pledge of Allegiance at the Legion Hall; A Patriotic Walk Around Old Mission on July 4, 2021 | Jane Boursaw Photo

“What a beautiful day, a great team of planners, and a great parade!” said Connie Sargent, who led the organization team (and pulled it off in record time, as she was getting the Dougherty House ready for tours last week).

Here are a few photos of the fun event. Big thanks to Connie and the Old Mission team for making this year’s event happen!

A Patriotic Walk Around Old Mission on July 4, 2021 | Jane Boursaw Photo
Participants line up in Mike and Karen Norton’s driveway; A Patriotic Walk Around Old Mission on July 4, 2021 | Jane Boursaw Photo
A Patriotic Walk Around Old Mission on July 4, 2021 | Jane Boursaw Photo
A Patriotic Walk Around Old Mission on July 4, 2021 | Jane Boursaw Photo
A Patriotic Walk Around Old Mission on July 4, 2021 | Jane Boursaw Photo
Peninsula Township Fire Department Ambulance; A Patriotic Walk Around Old Mission on July 4, 2021 | Jane Boursaw Photo
A Patriotic Walk Around Old Mission on July 4, 2021 | Jane Boursaw Photo
A Patriotic Walk Around Old Mission on July 4, 2021 | Jane Boursaw Photo
A Patriotic Walk Around Old Mission on July 4, 2021 | Jane Boursaw Photo
A Patriotic Walk Around Old Mission on July 4, 2021 | Jane Boursaw Photo
A Patriotic Walk Around Old Mission on July 4, 2021 | Jane Boursaw Photo
A Patriotic Walk Around Old Mission on July 4, 2021 | Jane Boursaw Photo
A Patriotic Walk Around Old Mission on July 4, 2021 | Jane Boursaw Photo
A Patriotic Walk Around Old Mission on July 4, 2021 | Jane Boursaw Photo
A Patriotic Walk Around Old Mission on July 4, 2021 | Jane Boursaw Photo
Dave Warne with his drum, and Amy with her flute were driven by Darrell DaFoe; A Patriotic Walk Around Old Mission on July 4, 2021 | Jane Boursaw Photo
A Patriotic Walk Around Old Mission on July 4, 2021 | Jane Boursaw Photo
Our fearless organizer Connie Sargent in her adorable golf cart; A Patriotic Walk Around Old Mission on July 4, 2021 | Jane Boursaw Photo
A Patriotic Walk Around Old Mission on July 4, 2021 | Jane Boursaw Photo
Dave and Pam Baumann in their Jeep; A Patriotic Walk Around Old Mission on July 4, 2021 | Jane Boursaw Photo
A Patriotic Walk Around Old Mission on July 4, 2021 | Jane Boursaw Photo
A Patriotic Walk Around Old Mission on July 4, 2021 | Jane Boursaw Photo
A Patriotic Walk Around Old Mission on July 4, 2021 | Jane Boursaw Photo
A Patriotic Walk Around Old Mission on July 4, 2021 | Jane Boursaw Photo
A Patriotic Walk Around Old Mission on July 4, 2021 | Jane Boursaw Photo
Patti Rudolph with her flags and festive outfit; A Patriotic Walk Around Old Mission on July 4, 2021 | Jane Boursaw Photo
A Patriotic Walk Around Old Mission on July 4, 2021 | Jane Boursaw Photo
A Patriotic Walk Around Old Mission on July 4, 2021 | Jane Boursaw Photo
A Patriotic Walk Around Old Mission on July 4, 2021 | Jane Boursaw Photo
A Patriotic Walk Around Old Mission on July 4, 2021 | Jane Boursaw Photo
A Patriotic Walk Around Old Mission on July 4, 2021 | Jane Boursaw Photo
A Patriotic Walk Around Old Mission on July 4, 2021 | Jane Boursaw Photo
A Patriotic Walk Around Old Mission on July 4, 2021 | Jane Boursaw Photo
A Patriotic Walk Around Old Mission on July 4, 2021 | Jane Boursaw Photo
A Patriotic Walk Around Old Mission on July 4, 2021 | Jane Boursaw Photo
A Patriotic Walk Around Old Mission on July 4, 2021 | Jane Boursaw Photo
A Patriotic Walk Around Old Mission on July 4, 2021 | Jane Boursaw Photo
Cory Holman with his tractor; A Patriotic Walk Around Old Mission on July 4, 2021 | Jane Boursaw Photo
A Patriotic Walk Around Old Mission on July 4, 2021 | Jane Boursaw Photo
Elise Holman and Garden Goods Furry Ambassador Koni; A Patriotic Walk Around Old Mission on July 4, 2021 | Jane Boursaw Photo
A Patriotic Walk Around Old Mission on July 4, 2021 | Jane Boursaw Photo
A Patriotic Walk Around Old Mission on July 4, 2021 | Jane Boursaw Photo
A Patriotic Walk Around Old Mission on July 4, 2021 | Jane Boursaw Photo
A Patriotic Walk Around Old Mission on July 4, 2021 | Jane Boursaw Photo
A Patriotic Walk Around Old Mission on July 4, 2021 | Jane Boursaw Photo
The Flag!; A Patriotic Walk Around Old Mission on July 4, 2021 | Jane Boursaw Photo
A Patriotic Walk Around Old Mission on July 4, 2021 | Jane Boursaw Photo
A Patriotic Walk Around Old Mission on July 4, 2021 | Jane Boursaw Photo
A Patriotic Walk Around Old Mission on July 4, 2021 | Jane Boursaw Photo
Sarah Crane, former Grand Marshall of the event; A Patriotic Walk Around Old Mission on July 4, 2021 | Jane Boursaw Photo
A Patriotic Walk Around Old Mission on July 4, 2021 | Jane Boursaw Photo
Joe Heagany checks in with the Peninsula Township Fire Department; A Patriotic Walk Around Old Mission on July 4, 2021 | Jane Boursaw Photo
A Patriotic Walk Around Old Mission on July 4, 2021 | Jane Boursaw Photo
Fred Gilstorff, Fire Chief of the Peninsula Township Fire Department; A Patriotic Walk Around Old Mission on July 4, 2021 | Jane Boursaw Photo
A Patriotic Walk Around Old Mission on July 4, 2021 | Jane Boursaw Photo
A festive cherry pie; A Patriotic Walk Around Old Mission on July 4, 2021 | Jane Boursaw Photo
A Patriotic Walk Around Old Mission on July 4, 2021 | Jane Boursaw Photo
Cory Holman on his tractor; A Patriotic Walk Around Old Mission on July 4, 2021 | Jane Boursaw Photo
A Patriotic Walk Around Old Mission on July 4, 2021 | Jane Boursaw Photo
Jerry Ostlund, the oldest native-born Old Mission resident; A Patriotic Walk Around Old Mission on July 4, 2021 | Jane Boursaw Photo
A Patriotic Walk Around Old Mission on July 4, 2021 | Jane Boursaw Photo
Dave Warne’s friend Amy played her flute throughout the walk; A Patriotic Walk Around Old Mission on July 4, 2021 | Jane Boursaw Photo
A Patriotic Walk Around Old Mission on July 4, 2021 | Jane Boursaw Photo
Dave Warne with his drum and Amy with her flute; A Patriotic Walk Around Old Mission on July 4, 2021 | Jane Boursaw Photo
A Patriotic Walk Around Old Mission on July 4, 2021 | Jane Boursaw Photo
Crowd gathers at the Old Mission Legion Hall for the Pledge of Allegiance; A Patriotic Walk Around Old Mission on July 4, 2021 | Jane Boursaw Photo

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