Hometown Heroes! There were the hometown heroes featured in the parade and then there were the hometown heroes who made it all happen over Pinedorado. How terrific it is to be a part of this small town that celebrates its citizens.
The efforts of the Lions Club and its members and supporters benefit so many in our community. Thank you for sponsoring such a special event and raising funds that go toward so many worthy causes. But here is a personal story we’d like to share of how one from our community benefited from this occasion.
Tamara Webster, who lived and worked in Cambria for some 40 years as an artist and gallery owner and now at the age of almost 94 resides in a care facility in San Luis Obispo, was invited to participate as one of the grand marshals.
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Back last May over Memorial Day, when we shared with her the letter of invitation honoring her as a World War II veteran — Tamara cried. She was so pleased to be recognized for her service. She is so proud to be a veteran.
This is a woman who was born in Russia, immigrated here and became a citizen and has always fiercely valued the freedoms allotted in this country. Now, even though she suffers from dementia and memory impairment, she did not forget over the next three months leading up to the parade that this community was bestowing upon her a special honor. Her health has been failing and in July she required a blood transfusion, yet she never wavered that she was going to be in this parade.
As the oldest veteran and the only female veteran, Tamara sat in the front of that first troop transport with a bouquet of red roses in her lap and assumed she was leading the parade! This meant all the world to her. For those of us who watched those veterans ascend the stairs and take their places beforehand, the poignancy of their service was palpable.
Thank you American Legion, Lions Club and all you Cambrians who brought such joy at this point in her life to this remarkable woman.
Julee & David Krause
We want to thank the Lions Club for a spectacular Pinedorado this year and, in particular, American Legion Post No. 432 for hosting the 1st Division Marine Band. When the unit entered the parade route off of Bridge Street, the band went east instead of west.
Then, suddenly, they executed a reverse column maneuver while playing the “Marines’ Hymn,” creating a stunning parade entrance. We were all standing on sidewalk of 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. at that moment.
The ensuing noon concert was flawless and moving. Playing a very diverse program under the flags near the east corner of the Veterans Memorial Building parking lot, the Marine band had the amazingly large crowd transformed to a concert on the National Mall.
It would be difficult to pinpoint a highlight, but for us the only thing missing was a chance to watch our beloved neighbor Tom Ashlock, who passed away last January, stand with his fellow Marine veterans when the band played the “Marines’ Hymn.” All in all, it was one of Cambria's finest hours.
In the words of Jay Burbank atop his 20-story ladder, please “come back!”
Randy and Mary Schwalbe
‘Makes me proud’
Saturday began as a chilly day with light drizzle and the distant sounds of bands and laughter. Heading over to my friends’ front-row seats complete with breakfast and drinks, I thought about how unique this parade will be for Cambria and myself. This parade will be a salute to those who have safeguarded our country and a prestigious band.
With the windpipes of the calliope, the 2010 Pinedorado Parade commenced. When the grand marshals rolled by, I felt grateful to all members, including those in other vehicles. My heart beat faster as the oncoming 1st Marine Division Band approached. The preciseness of their marching step, the musical notes from the wind instruments, and the drums and cymbals. All of this swells the spirit and makes me proud to be a citizen of our great country.
The range of talented entries from the Central Coast enabled this parade to excel.
To the Lions Club of Cambria, thank you, for a job well done. Kitty Greene
The organizers of the Pinedorado did a fantastic job this year! We have never seen so many appreciative folks watching and enjoying the parade.
The grand marshals, who were veterans of World War II, including several “Rosie the Riveters,” rode on army vehicles to the applause of the crowds.
Some folks came early and were snuggled under blankets, asleep in their lawn chairs.
The parade moved right along without any long delays and with a variety of entrants. Immediately after the parade, many parade goers went to the Pinedorado “fairgrounds” to try their luck at the many different game booths and to enjoy eating the excellent barbecue. All of the buildings had been refurbished, and everything looked fresh and very festive.
But the highlight of the day was watching the Marine Corps Band march and then at noon enjoying listening to their exceptional concert of patriotic songs and marches.
Cambria can be truly proud of the many who participated in this fine civic event.
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