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PARADE MAY BE SHORT ON MILITARY.

Byline: Nicholas Grudin Staff Writer

VALENCIA - Although listed as the second-largest Independence Day parade in the nation last year, the 70-year-old Santa Clarita event is not immune to scheduling difficulties.

Santa Clarita Valley Parade organizers are worried that this year, their grand marshal duties - which have been designated for members of the four branches of the armed forces - might not be filled.

``It seems as though some of the branches have extended their people to other parades, or they don't have personnel locally available,'' said Duane Harte, vice president of the parade committee.

This year's theme is ``Let Freedom Ring,'' and the plan was to have at least two uniformed representatives from the Navy, the Marine Corps, the Army and the Air Force.

``There is a chance that this will not work out, and we would just go with what we've got,'' Harte said.

Army Staff Sgt. John Rozmarynowski, out of the Santa Clarita recruiting office, said Army resources are already stretched thin for July Fourth parades.

``There's parades going on all over the city of Los Angeles and it's kind of hard for us to fill them when they only tell us three weeks before the parade,'' Rozmarynowski said. ``We're just not prepared to put something together so quickly, although I'd love to.''

Rozmarynowski said he is having trouble even finding a single uniformed Army veteran to sit in the grand marshal's seat at the front of the parade.

``It's going to be pretty hard, but we're working on it,'' Rozmarynowski said.

But Navy Lt. Cmdr. Lisa Rawson said the Navy will likely be represented.

``I think we'll be able to fill it,'' said Rawson, from the Naval Reserve Center in Encino. ``I'm looking for volunteers.''

Rawson also said she would pass the invitation on to the Marines, as well.

No matter what, said Harte, a Navy veteran, the parade is expected to be as big and extravagant as ever.

``I've been just amazed over the last two or three years that people have really started to get involved with their entries,'' Harte said.

Ice Station Valencia had a Zamboni ice-clearing machine in the parade last year, and Newhall Hardware will pull a decorated hay wagon.

Harte expects more than 20,000 spectators, 6,000 parade participants and 100 entries.

The two-mile parade begins at 9:45 a.m. Friday at San Fernando Road and Newhall Avenue. It is expected to last about two hours.
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