Two Grand Marshals Named for Duncanville Lions Parade

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Two Grand Marshals Lead Duncanville Lions July 4th parade

Duncanville Independence Day Parade July 3

The Duncanville Lions Club is excited to announce the return of their annual July 4th parade, which was canceled last year due to Covid. The parade will be held on July 3rd, with the theme “Land of the Free and Home of the Brave.” Two longtime servant leaders who represent the “Lions Class of 1973,” Dr. Bill Dover and Bob Lee, have been selected as Grand Marshals of the parade.

Two grand marshals lead Duncanville July 4th parade
Duncanville Lions Club

“Dr. Bill Dover and Bob Lee were named as Grand Marshals of the Duncanville Lions 4th of July Parade because they exemplify the Lions motto of ‘We Serve’. Both joined the Duncanville Lions Club in 1973, and they have added to the betterment of this City and its citizens with their significant service,” said Councilman Don McBurnett, who is Chairman of the July 4th Parade for Duncanville Lions Club.

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

Duncanville Independence Day Grand Marshals

Dr. Dover was an Optometrist in Duncanville nearly 40 years, and Bob Lee’s 39-year career with Duncanville’s Public Works Department helped give us a great water system. Both Parade Marshals are active Duncanville Lions Club members. They are the remaining active Lions Club members from the Class of ’73.

Bob Lee came to Duncanville as a teenager, and graduated from Duncanville High School in 1956. Upon graduating, he worked for the City of Duncanville for 39 years. He designed and installed the water system which is considered one of the best in the state and possibly the nation. Lee retired as Public Works Director, and has been retired for 22 years. However, he still thinks of ways to improve Duncanville. The street leading into the City’s Service Center is named after him.

Lee was married to his wife, Anita, over 50 years, until she passed away last December. They have two children, Marla and Victor. Victor died from cancer about seven years ago. Lee also has several grandchildren.

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Bob Lee with 1997 proclamation Photo courtesy Don McBurnett

An Army Veteran

Dr. Dover is a Veteran who served in the U.S. Army. He was instrumental in bringing Holy Spirit Catholic Church to Duncanville, and was very active with the Knights of Columbus. Bill and his wife, Cindy, have been married over forty years. They have one daughter, Katie, who’s married to Nick, with one grandson, Will.

Two Grand Marshals lead Duncanville Lions July 4 parade
Dr. Bill Dover and family

“These men are the city’s hidden treasures, and have done much 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. There are many times when things have happened because of their efforts and nobody knew what had transpired but them,” said longtime friend and associate Larry Easley.

Duncanville Lions Independence Day Parade

The Duncanville Lions Club Independence Day Parade starts at 9 a.m. Saturday, July 3. The parade starts at Reed Middle School, 530 Freeman Street, then turns right onto Wheatland Road, right on Main Street, followed by a right on Freeman Street ,and continues back to Reed Middle School. Make plans to get there early to get the best spots 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.

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

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

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