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Ripon Legion fireworks booth offers battle hymn serenade
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Ripon American Legion members James Moore, Past Commander Ken Lawson and Auxiliary President Bonnie Nutt are ready for what they hope is a Saturday morning rush on their fireworks booth behind the Legion Post on South Stockton Avenue in downtown Ripon. - photo by GLENN KAHL

U.S. Military Battle Hymns from all the services are creating a patriotic theme around the Clinton McCausland American Legion Fourth of July fireworks booth this weekend in downtown Ripon.

“From the Halls of Montezuma to the Shores of Tripoli…” will be just one of the hymns to be heard as Ripon residents approach the South Stockton Avenue booth to stock up for their home celebrations.  In addition to the Marine Corps, the Army, Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard tributes are slated to be played by the legionnaires in Ripon from all the services.

The fireworks packages will range in price from 99-cents to $199.99 at the booth nestled in the parking lot behind the Legion post adjacent to the Ripon Fire Department.  The booth will be open daily from 10 a.m. until 9 p.m.  On Thursday they will close at 4 p.m. to free up their members to celebrate the holiday with their families.

Past Post Commander Ken Lawson pointed out that their booth is the only one in Ripon that has a small misting water line mounted in a nearby tree to keep workers cool in the booth and in chairs under the tree when they are not busy.  On the Fourth of July they plan to hold a barbecue under that tree for their members.

The profits from the Legion booth go toward four scholarships for high school seniors at Ripon and Ripon Christian high schools.  The graduating students will be receiving $500 each next May.  The Legion also uses some of the funds from the fireworks’ sales to send students to Boys State where they learn about the functioning of government in Sacramento.

The women’s American Legion Auxiliary headed by Bonnie Nutt are also volunteering in the booth to help increase the sales.