Doris Evert dresses as Uncle Sam to accompany the Women’s Army Corps Veterans Association float for the Belton 4th of July parade.

Hoisting an arch, setting hay bales in place and securing American flag decorations, the Women’s Army Corps Veterans Association Genevieve Chapter #94 of Killeen created a float for Belton’s annual July 4th parade in hopes of winning the $500 prize money.

“We placed first in the Independence Day parade years ago under the previous president,” Lavalla Blum said.

The group had its work cut out for them, as they competed against some of the best marchers, pets, horse-drawn wagons, singers, bands and a motorized port-a-potty.

Sandra Thomas, recording secretary, created placards hand-painted with “Let Freedom Ring," which were placed on both sides of an A-frame on the float. Doris Evert, WAC chaplain and a trained entertainer, dressed as Uncle Sam.

“The organization decided later in the game to enter the parade, so we will begin planning next years as early as May 2014,” Thomas said.

Along with Blum, Thomas and Evert, the WAC’s participation in the parade was led by Susan Lawrence, president; Adrienne Evans-Quickley, 1st vice president; Acquanetta Pullins, 2nd vice president; and Serdalia Taylor, sergeant-at-arms.

For more information about the WAC Veterans Association, call Suzanne Lawrence at (254)289-9521 or email

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