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NSSAR Color Guard marches in 2010 Kentucky Derby Festival Parade

The Kentucky Derby Festival Week of 2010 brought a number of SAR Color Guardsmen and their families to Louisville during the last week of April. On the afternoon of Wednesday, April 28, color guardsmen and their wives were invited to the home of Secretary General J. David Sympson and his wife Evelyn for an open house, complete with authentic Kentucky mint juleps! From there, the crowd moved on to the nearby Louisville Boat Club for a "boat race party," celebrating and watching the Kentucky Derby Festival Great Steamboat Race on the Ohio River. The following day, Thursday, April 29, color guardsmen gathered at Headquarters to prepare for marching in the Derby Festival Pegasus Parade, then made their way to the parade assembly area to await their turn in the parade. Roughly 250,000 spectators lined the 1.7-mile parade route down Broadway, and the SAR made a spectacular showing in this always-popular and well-attended Derby Festival event! The next day, Friday, April 30, several color guardsmen stayed in town to attend a very special gravemarking, conducted by the local Governor Isaac Shelby Chapter of the KYSSAR, that of Abraham Linkhorn, the paternal grandfather of Abraham Lincoln, who is buried just outside of Louisville. You may view a video, highlighting all of these activities, by clicking the following link.