PD brings lip-sync trend to parade

Rebecca Neipp

News Review Staff Writer

PD brings lip-sync trend to parade Officers, staff and volunteers of the Ridgecrest Police Department take up the Lip-Syncing Cops challenge at this year’s Parade of 1000 Flags — Photo by Laura Austin

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Instead of a keynote speaker, a highlight of this year’s Parade of 1000 Flags will be a guest appearance by the men and women in blue, who will offer a patriotic response to the call for the Ridgecrest Police Department to answer the viral Lip-Syncing Cops challenge.

“We have heard the requests from our community and other agencies around Kern County,” said RPD Chief Jed McLaughlin. “We want to go above and beyond what other agencies have done, so we are asking the community to join us for this event.”

Parade participants will gather Saturday, Sept. 8, at 8:15 a.m. at the Sierra Lanes parking lot. The procession will move north on China Lake Boulevard, then west on California Avenue, to plant flags at the Remembrance Field at Freedom Park, located behind City Hall.

Upon arrival, 1000 flagbearers, veterans, military and community leaders will unite in a rendition of “God Bless America.”

During the program that follows, officers will record a lip-syncing video against the backdrop of the parade crowd. “Please bring your flags and any other patriotic apparel or items you have,” invited McLaughlin.

“Even if you don’t march in the parade, please come out and show your support.

“In memory of those who have sacrificed serving us, please come out and support the Parade of 1000 Flags. Let’s show the rest of the United States that Ridgecrest has not forgotten, and never will!”

McLaughlin said the parade is a perfect example of what happens in our patriotic community. “We also saw that last year with the football team,” he said, referring to a patriotic pregame video that racked up millions of views in just a few days.

“Honoring our first responders who lost their lives in the attacks of 9-11 is a very important part of what the Remembrance Field is about,” said Pat Farris, who is coordinating the parade. “We were glad to find another way to partner with our police force.”

She noted that this year’s football team will also be on hand to participate, joining other notable guests, including elected officials and this year’s grand marshal — Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division Commander Rear Adm. Scott Dillon.

China Lake, which partners with the Exchange Club to present the event, will once again have a uniformed military presence in the parade and at the event.

The Remembrance Field will remain at Freedom Park through Sept. 15. Capping the weeklong display will be a candlelight vigil on Tuesday, Sept. 11, when Kern County firefighters (including their ever-popular bagpipers) will present a moving tribute to the men and women who gave their lives in service. The vigil will be held at dusk at the gazebo. The public is invited to attend.

Anyone interested in participating in this year’s event may call Farris at 760-371-4301.

Story First Published: 2018-08-31