Mayor Craig A. Moe is proud to announce Laurel’s Independence Day Celebration, to be held July 7, 2012, will be dedicated to Laurel native Lance Corporal Eugene Mills III who was killed while conducting combat operations in Afghanistan in support of Enduring Freedom. Mayor Moe thanked and commended the Laurel Fourth of July Committee for its decision to honor Lance Corporal Mills’ sacrifice in this manner.
The Fourth of July Committee has announced that the parade will host the Marine Corps Honor Guard in tribute to Lance Corporal Mills. An American flag raising ceremony with the American flag being lowered to half-staff will be held at 3:15pm at the Gude Lakehouse. The parade will begin at 11:00am from 6th and Montgomery Streets, will proceed east on Montgomery Street, then south on Fourth Street and will end at Cherry Lane. The dedication of the fireworks to Lance Corporal Mills will begin at 9:00pm at the Robert F. Burton Memorial Stage at Laurel Lakes followed by the fireworks beginning around 9:15pm. The City has decorated Cherry Lane with the American Flag, the Marine Corps flag and yellow ribbons.
Person’s attending the day’s events are encouraged to wear yellow ribbons and yellow clothing to honor our Fallen Hometown Hero. If you don’t have a yellow ribbon to wear, please be sure to find a member of the Fourth of July Committee on the day of the event, designated by their red shirts with the Committee name on it. Committee members will have ribbons to hand out while supplies last.
Mayor Moe asks that you keep the Mills family in your prayers. Mayor Moe said the City is honored to have such a brave young man as part of the Laurel Community and is proud of the ultimate sacrifice that Lance Corporal Mills and so many others have given for our great country. His prayers go out to the Mills family and to all the families of those serving in our military service.