Labor Day Parade Honors Three Local Heroes

- Rockford- You can hear the sirens blaring. Children running to grab candy, which could mean one thing: It’s the 61st annual Rockford Labor Day Parade. Stateliners on hand taking time to thank those for their hard work.

Patrick Kloss is here watching his son play trumpet in Auburn High School’s Marching Band.

Kloss says “I’m very proud of him. To come out here, and you know it helps the community surrounding the parade and it helps make it a better parade for the area to see.”

Sharon Malone has lived in Rockford her whole life. She’s enjoying the parade with family. When asked about the city, she thinks they are making progress.

“I see that they’re working very hard to get us those jobs and I believe in my heart that we will find those jobs and have those jobs in the city for the people.”

There were tons of floats in this year’s parade, but only one took home the first prize. Sheet Metal Workers Local 219 took home the prize of best float.

The float pays tribute to three React Members who died in a helicopter crash last December. They say it took them more then three hundred man hours to build the labor of love.

But it wasn’t about a first place trophy this year, it was about horning three local heroes.

Brad Glidden of Local 219 says “we just honored them because on Labor Day, they labored too just like we do. And they risked their lives doing their work.”

The sheet metal workers hope to donate the float to Rockford Memorial Hospital in hopes of putting it on display.

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