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86-year-old Mom is a Battle Ground Float Volunteer

My Mom, Mona Shotswell, was raised in Kalama and Longview, but in the early years it was not normal to travel to Portland -- especially to see a parade.

In 1940, she attended her first parade with her little six-month-old son sleeping peacefully through all the bands and parade noises. Mom, Dad and Ralph sat on the curb on Broadway on a beautiful and hot, sunny day. She has attended many parades since then!

Now, 67 years later -- at the age of 86 -- she is a daily volunteer decorating the Battle Ground, Washington float. She's especially proud of playing a big part in decorating the 2006 Grand Floral Parade Sweepstakes Award winning Battle Ground float!

And she'll be there for the 2007 Centennial Parade, sitting on the curb cheering on the bands and enjoying the floats.

From a proud daughter who is also a BG petal pusher!

~Nadine Ayers