CLARENDON - America's small towns are the backbone of freedom and this month, the Town of Clarendon will show its true colors-red, white and blue. The Clarendon community will gather at the Clarendon Elementary School on Saturday, July 31, for a special evening-long special salute to U.S. troops in harm's way. The event starts with a community dinner at 6 p.m. and continues until 9 p.m.
The salute, an opportunity for all residents to thank local armed forces members and others, will include a family-style barbeque, 5-6:30 p.m., which sports a lip-smacking menu of ribs, pulled pork, chicken, corn-on-the-cob, baked beans, cole slaw with pineapple, potato salad, watermelon, lemonade, iced tea, and lots'mores.
Special games and activities will be held 6-8 p.m.and include carnival games, a dunking booth, team ball games, face painting, bubbles, laughter yoga, and more.
Attendees will be asked to help make a tile American flag for the school's Clarendon Community Peace Garden.
The actual salute to the troops special program starts at 8-9 p.m. with Christina Skeleros and the CES students singing. The students will screen their "Box of Kisses" for the troops video production at dusk.
The cost is $15 adult, $10 child and includes dinner, games and entertainment. This event will help Clarendon's Box of Kisses project that ships music CDs, videos and boxes of kisses to U.S. troops currently serving overseas.
Attendees are asked to bring a lawn chair, a blanket for sitting-friends and families around the region are invited to join an entire Vermont town for a very unique, patriotic event.