In the entertainment venue, summer hits have been largely centered around superheroes. Locally, we have our own superheroes—those who volunteer countless hours and dollars to serve their community.
Cries of sadness could be heard all over town from the lack of Independence Day festivities. Becky Shaw heard that call and came to the rescue. In a single bound she picked up the heavy torch and took on the daunting task of planning an entire Fourth of July celebration in just a few weeks.
Thankfully, many people stepped up and volunteered to be her sidekicks. You may have seen someone running around town handing out parade flyers or throwing together last-minute floats. If you see them without their capes, please assist them with this crazy undertaking. If you would like to enter a float in the parade, there is still time!
This year’s parade grand marshalls could also be considered superheroes in our little town. Keith and Faye Donna Little are life-long residents of Morgan and have contributed so much to this community in their lifetimes.
Keith, known as “Cotton”, was born May 4, 1922. He joined the Navy on October 26, 1942, serving on the USS New Mexico and the USS Missouri. He worked as a radio intercept operator, copying Japanese code and translating for the U.S. military. Three and a half years later, he returned home and worked at the naval base and Hill Air Force Base for 34 years.
While getting his oil changed at Heiner’s garage, he noticed sweet little Faye Donna Mecham and six months later they were married.
Faye Donna was born April 1, 1927, in Milton. Her older brothers called her “Skinny.” She helped with the family farm until she married. Faye Donna also worked at the naval base during World War II. She has been actively involved with the Morgan Culturettes for over 50 years. You could also find her registering people to vote at the courthouse. But her greatest accomplishment was staying home raising her two children, Susan and Jeff.
They worked side by side throughout their 67 years of marriage, both holding many positions in their LDS church auxiliaries. Keith has served as bishop, stake president and stake patriarch. The couple worked in the sealing office at the Ogden temple for over 20 years. They go everywhere together. Their granddaughter, Cari Woolsey, said, “If you see Grandpa, you’ll see Grandma.”
Many residents of Morgan still use the special wood pens Keith makes and generously gives away. They gave friendly and efficient service to the community as Morgan County Fair secretaries for 32 years. They have eight grandchildren and 20 great grandchildren.
Independence Day events will begin the night before on July 3, with the Morgan Spike night. This event will take place on the Morgan High football field from 5 p.m. to midnight. Check-in begins at 4:30 p.m.
The morning will begin with the annual pancake breakfast from 7 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. This is put on as a fundraiser for the Morgan High School Volleyball Team and is always deliciously done. Adult breakfasts will be $6; children 3-11, $4; and kids under 2 are free. So bring your family and enjoy the morning.
The Morgan Cross Country team will also start at 7 a.m. with a family run. The run will raise funds for the team and consists of a 5K and a Kids K. Registration for the race is at 7 a.m. The 5K starts at 7:30 a.m. near the Morgan High School seminary building. The cost is $15 for the 5K and $10 for the Kids K. The Kids K starts after the 5K is completed at the Riverside Park. Shirts are first come, first serve.
The Morgan County veterans will present the annual flag ceremony at 8:30 a.m. This will include the raising of the flag, the pledge of allegiance, singing of the national anthem and will conclude with the traditional cannon blast.
The parade will begin at 10 a.m. and will run along the traditional parade route beginning at the high school and ending at the fairgrounds. The parade will be led by Morgan veterans, their color guard and tank.
After the parade ends, grab some lunch from a local restaurant and enjoy a picnic in the park. There will be a few small booths with drinks and goodies and kids can enjoy the splash pad and updated playground facilities. If you haven’t made it over to enjoy all the new additions, this would be a great time. There are boweries on site to keep you shaded and new covered tables near the splash pad.
And speaking of superheroes, most of the booths at the park will be manned by children and adults raising money for the fight against cancer. Proceeds will go to benefit our local Relay for Life teams. There will also be a booth set up to help raise money for this year’s Morgan High band trip.
That evening, Morgan City and Morgan County will host the firework display which will begin at dusk.
Volunteers are still needed and welcome. If you are interested in having a float in the parade or helping with any of the festivities, please contact Becky at firstname.lastname@example.org.