WR Fourth of July celebration canceled

hgoodridge@macon.comJuly 7, 2013 

The city of Warner Robins will decide in the next few days whether to try to reschedule the Independence Celebration for a second time, according to Warner Robins police late Sunday.

Lightning near McConnell-Talbert Stadium forced an evacuation from the stadium at about 7:55 p.m. Sunday.

Warner Robins police Chief Brett Evens said at about 8:25 p.m. that the celebration, which was postponed Wednesday because of the weather, was under a 30-minute delay.Evans said every time lightning was detected within 5 miles of the stadium, the celebration was postponed 30 minutes.

The lightning and rain never let up.

As thousands of people entered the stadium earlier in the day, U.S. Military Vets, a motorcycle group, gathered on the football field and donned their leather vests, preparing to celebrate and pay tribute to a special country for a special day.

“This is when America was born,” said Mark “Nasty” Taylor, the group’s leader about the Fourth of July. “America wouldn’t be what it is today without the military.”

“It’s about patriotism,” said George “G-Dawg” Kight, also a member of the group.

They all have nicknames.

Taylor served in the Navy 11 years.

Kight has 28 years “and counting” in the Air Force.

“This (celebration) brings everybody together for focus on what it’s all about,” Kight said.

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