Duncanville Independence Day Parade July 3

The Duncanville Lions Club is delighted to announce the return of its annual July 4 parade, which was canceled last year due to Covid. The parade will take place on July 3, with the theme “Land of the free and homeland of the brave”. Two longtime servant leaders who represent the “Lions Class of 1973,” Dr. Bill Dover and Bob Lee, have been selected as Parade Grand Marshals.

Two Grand Marshals lead the 4th of July parade in Duncanville
Duncanville Lions Club

Dr. Bill Dover and Bob Lee were named Grand Marshals of the Duncanville 4th of July Lions Parade because they exemplify the Lions motto “We Serve.” Both joined the Duncanville Lions Club in 1973, and they have contributed to the betterment of this city and its citizens with their important services, ”said Councilor Don McBurnett, president of the July 4th Parade for the Duncanville Lions Club.

The theme “Land of the free, homeland of the brave” comes from the last line of our national anthem. Star-Spangled Banner’s lyrics come from “Defense of Fort M’Henry,” a poem written in 1814 by the 35-year-old lawyer and amateur poet Francis Scott Key. After witnessing the bombardment of Fort McHenry by British ships during the War of 1812, Key was inspired by the large American flag fluttering triumphantly above the fort during the battle and American victory.

Duncanville Independence Day Grand Marshals

Dr. Dover has been an optometrist in Duncanville for almost 40 years, and Bob Lee’s 39-year career in the Duncanville Public Works Department has helped provide us with an excellent water system. The two parade marshals are active members of the Duncanville Lions Club. They are the last active Lions Club members of the Class of ’73.

Bob Lee arrived in Duncanville as a teenager and graduated from Duncanville High School in 1956. After graduating, he worked for the town of Duncanville for 39 years. He designed and installed the water system which is considered to be one of the best in the state and possibly the nation. Lee retired as director of public works and has been retired for 22 years. However, he is still thinking of ways to improve Duncanville. The street that leads to the City Service Center bears his name.

Lee had been married to his wife, Anita, for over 50 years, until her death last December. They have two children, Marla and Victor. Victor died of cancer about seven years ago. Lee also has several grandchildren.

Bob lee
Bob Lee with the 1987 proclamation Photo courtesy of Don McBurnett

An army veteran

Dr. Dover is a veteran who served in the United States Army. He helped bring the Holy Spirit Catholic Church to Duncanville and was very active with the Knights of Columbus. Bill and his wife, Cindy, have been married for over forty years. They have a daughter, Katie, married to Nick, with a grandson, Will.

Two Grand Marshals lead the Duncanville Lions Parade on July 4th
Dr Bill Dover and his family

“These men are the city’s hidden treasures and have done a lot for this city just because it was the right thing to do. They never looked for a thank you or a pat on the back, just doing what needed to be done. It often happens that things happened because of their efforts and no one knew what happened except them, ”said Larry Easley, longtime friend and business partner.

Duncanville Lions Independence Day Parade

The Duncanville Lions Club Independence Day Parade begins at 9 a.m. on Saturday July 3. The parade begins at Reed Middle School, 530 Freeman Street, then turns right on Wheatland Road, right on Main Street, then right on Freeman Street, and continues back to Reed College. Plan to arrive early to get the best places for you and your family.

To participate in the parade, please register with the Duncanville Lions Club. You can register at any of the following locations: Duncanville Chamber of Commerce, 300 East Wheatland Road; Red Bird Lanes, 1114 S. Main Street; or Ben Franklin Apothecary, 302 N. Main Street.

The applications are also available for download at duncanvillelionsclub.com/parade. Forms can be mailed to the Duncanville Lions Club, Parade Entry, PO Box 381055, Duncanville, TX 75138. For more information on the parade or to get involved with the Duncanville Lions, please call Don McBurnett at (214) 918- 9981.

Duncanville’s Independence Day celebrations continue with fireworks and other activities at Armstrong Park, starting at 6 p.m. Saturday.

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