Decatur gears up for star-spangled July 4 festivities

     Decatur’s annual Fourth of July celebration will kick off at 6 p.m. Friday at Riverside Center and will culminate some four hours later with the traditional fireworks display.
    Disc jockey Rick Teboe will begin spinning tunes on the Riverside Center grounds at 6 p.m. and will continue throughout the evening. At 8:15 p.m. color guards from Decatur American Legion Post 43, Berne American Legion Post 468, Decatur Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6236 and Geneva VFW Post 243 will march onto the event grounds. Bridget Fravel will perform the Star Spangled Banner, followed by a prayer by Carl Thieme and the recitation of “Post Everlasting” by Jan Smith. The playing of Taps and a 21-gun salute will precede the welcome by Decatur Mayor John Schultz and guest speaker Ken Ketzler, who retired last week as chief of the Decatur Police Department.
    The opening ceremonies will also feature a posthumous tribute to former Decatur Mayor Fred Isch, who died earlier this week.
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