GMR IN THE NEWS
"SPIRIT OF BROTHERHOOD" TAKES 'BEST THEMED ENTRY'
IN 2013 KEIZER IRIS PARADE
GMR TEAMS UP WITH CLACKAMAS FIRE PIPES & DRUMS FOR PARADE FLOAT
(19 May 2013) GMR and Clackamas Fire Pipes & Drums teamed up and gave meaning to the "Spirit of Brotherhood," a parde float entry for the 2013 Keizer Iris Festival Parade held in Keizer, Oregon on May 18th. Our parade float won 'Best Theme' of the 125 entries and gained a great deal of exposure for our two non-profit organizations.
The overall theme of the Iris Parade was "Pride, Spirit & Volunteerism" which complemented our theme of brotherhood perfectly. With over 200 man hours invested, I cannot imagine a finer example of volunteerism of people coming together for a common goal. The parade design encompassed an abstract globe made of piping and translucent paper, painstakingly placed in chicken wire to form continents. The 13 flags adorning each side represent all of the nations GMR has provided training to in our brief four years of existence. The banners showcased all the types of training which GMR provides.
The Clackamas Fire Pipes & Drums is a non-profit organization currently made up of 24 firefighters representing Clackamas Fire District & Lake Oswego Fire Department, many of whom have traveled with GMR. This unit, made up of bag-pipers and drummers, plays at fire-department related events, civic & military functions. The band is currently in its fourth year, led by Drum Major Shawn Campbell.
GMR would like to thank Cherry City Metal, Ryan Russell, Scheiners Gardens, Bob & Renee Palmer, and Dave and Nancy Bauer for your support of our project!
The parade can be viewed in its entirety at the following link: KeizerTV.com
(Our entry is at the 34:50 mark)
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UPCOMING 2013 PROJECTS:
November, 2013 - Advanced Airway, EMS & Auto Extrication: Caraz, Peru
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