OXFORD – In the wake of the tragic events that took place in Moncton this summer, the blueberry capital of the world is paying tribute to first responders everywhere during its annual exhibition parade.
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When the annual Oxford Exhibition parade takes place this coming Saturday, parade organizer Rouie Rushton (seated) is hoping the audience will show their appreciation for first responders like (from left) Conts. Dan Anger, Donald Patterson, Emily MacLeod-Wood and Kyle Purdy.
First responders everywhere – including paramedics, law enforcement, fire fighters and search and rescue – are receiving a collective pat on the back and are being asked to take a bow at Saturday’s parade as part of the annual Oxford Exhibition.
“The idea came because of what happened in Moncton,” parade organizer Rouie Rushton said. “My husband, Allan, is a fore fighter and I’m on the auxiliary so I know what these responders give up to be there for us.”
Invite to all fire departments in Cumberland County to participate in Saturday’s parade have been extended, Rushton said, and police from Amherst and Springhill are expected, as well as RCMP, EHS and more.
Following the 1 p.m. parade, first responders are invited to the Lions Hall in the park for a reception in their honour. Parade goers are encourage to bring thank you cards and banners for the first responders to see as they participate in the parade.