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Central Iowans Celebrate and Appreciate Independence Day

AMES, Iowa  --  People in Ames had the chance to attend a free pancake breakfast in Ames this Fourth of July, sponsored by the Ames City Council.

“Otherwise I’d be sitting home in my apartment,” said 98-year-old Gladys Ripley of Ames. Asked if she liked the pancakes, Ripley responded, “they were delicious, especially when you don’t have to cook them yourself.”

Ken Wiggers was stopping for pancakes prior to watching a parade.

“Our daughter is going go be in the Fourth of July parade in Slater, so we came here for pancakes and a few other things,” he said. “Now we’re going to head down to Slater to get her on the wagon with her t-ball team.”

Ben Strotman of Ames took his family to Saylorille Lake.

“Bringing the family out, doing some boating, some tubing behind the boat and hanging out at the beach for a while if possible,” said Strotman.

But while all the celebrations were going on, Iowans still seem to remember why this day is observed.

“The freedom that we got due to the armed forces guys that went through all the wars and protected us,” said Strotman.

“I’ve done a lot of traveling outside the country, of course I keep up on news,” said Wiggers. “Its good to be here in the U.S.”

“My husband served for about 3 1/2 years, so I know what it is to go through, for a mother of children, wives, and the soldiers themselves,” said Ripley. She had one wish on this day: “All the soldiers could come home, free.”