Bristol, Rhode Island 4th of July Celebration | A Red, White & Blue Day
After the parade, she sought out the family at the military picnic and softball game and greeted them in person.
During Judy’s first year as general chair, she attended a reception for some of the men assigned to the USS Squall, the Cyclone-class patrol ship anchored in Bristol Harbor that July. She and her husband later went aboard and got a tour. Now, she sat and watched some sailors break formation and drift over to the crowd and exchange high-fives with a few little kids. She’d recently received a phone call from the former lieutenant commander of the Squall, Brian Luebbert, who had been so touched by the warmth he’d felt in Bristol that he’d asked to be assigned to the Naval War College in nearby Newport. He was here in Bristol now, with his wife and three kids—watching the parade from a bed-and-breakfast just a few doors down from the Colt School. When the parade finally ended, four hours after it had begun, Luebbert went to Judy’s house to say thank you.
For details on this year’s celebration, visit: july4thbristolri.com