The third annual WaunaBoom successfully brought out all ages to Ripp Park to celebrate our country’s Independence Day. Young children had their faces painted, cooled off under the Fire Department truck’s spray or played in the number of bounce houses assembled. Older kids played laser tag or climbed the rock wall. Some enjoyed the fireworks while others grooved to the music. With 11 food carts and a beer tent, plenty of refreshments were available.

What seemed to distinguish WaunaBoom from other July 4th celebrations was its focus on the armed forces who work to protect our nation’s independence.

Tours of the Blackhawk helicopter offered insight into the work of the Army National Guard, with members there to answer questions.

In the evening, Village President Chris Zellner recognized members of the American Legion Post 360 to the applause of many assembled at the stage.

The F-16 Flyover immediately followed the Star Spangled Banner, and then the spectacular fireworks display lit up the night sky.

The event was more than a festival with carnival rides, cotton candy and hot dogs. At WaunaBoom, families experienced a true sense of patriotism and honored those who have fought for this nation’s freedom and values expressed in the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution.

Newspapers such as the Washington Post and the New York Times have opined about the loss of these values as President Trump has praised dictatorial rulers such as Vladimir Putin and Kim Jong Un. That’s why, now more than ever, embracing the values America was built upon and expressing our patriotism is essential.

WaunaBoom should serve to remind us of our freedom and values fought for by this nation’s founding fathers and soldiers since the 1700s.

Always, volunteers are needed for such a large-scale event. Area businesses generously support it through their sponsorship of all the previously mentioned activities.

Service to the community and country is another American value, and community involvement has been a key to Waunakee’s quality of life. Next year, consider lending a hand for a few hours at WaunaBoom and celebrate America and the liberty this country stands for.

More information about the event can be found at WaunaBoom.com. Sign-up information can also be found in the Waunakee Tribune prior to the event.

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