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INDEPENDENCE — Dawn Roden has lived her whole life in Independence, the offspring of two legacy families — the Hedrick and the Werline who have been a part of the community since the 1870s. Her only departure was a 10-year stint serving her county in the U.S. Navy.
So, when she heard on June 4 the Rotary Club didn’t have sufficient time to pull off a the annual Independence Day Parade this year as COVID-19 public gathering restrictions were being lifted, she was heartbroken. Heartbroken for the community, the organization that usually hosts the event, for everybody that wanted to see it return after it was canceled last year due to the pandemic.