Lexington-Fayette, Kentucky 2021-12-06 20:50:32 –
It was a walk that reminded me of Milwalky’s Dance Granny when he went out with him for the first time since the tragedy of Walkisha’s Christmas parade.
The group lost Virginia Sorenson (79), Lina Owen (71), Tamara Duran (52) and volunteer Wilhelm Hospel (81) at the Walkisha Christmas Parade two weeks ago.
Some Christmas parades, such as Whitefish Bay and Menomonee Falls, were canceled under the attack of Walkisha, but Franklin continued to host the event. It was the first of its kind in a city.
Arm-to-arm Dancing Granny walked through Franklin’s Christmas parade, solidarity and firmly holding the sign.
The group wore blue matching dazzling sweatshirts to honor their beloved friends and fellow dancers. Glittering letters, the back of each sweatshirt has the nicknames Genie, Lee, Tamara, and Bill.
“I think they’re pretty proud of what we’re doing. Ginny and Lee were the glue that kept us together … yes, we praised them, grandma. “I’m trying to keep going for the future,” said Jean Knutson, grandma of the group.
Some members of the group are still recovering from their injuries. Despite the trauma they experienced, these women say that walking together again in the parade is actually healed.
“Thank you, it’s a mixed bag, but I’m very grateful to everyone who came out,” Knutson said.
Knutson’s daughter and granddaughter flew from Kentucky to show their support. When Jean told them they were going to walk another parade after everything they experienced in Walkisha, they weren’t sure if that was a good idea.
“I’m very nervous because of what happened,” said Jean’s daughter, Erin Burkehard.
The city of Franklin has strengthened the security of its first Christmas parade. Several snowplows were parked to block the intersection to the parade route, and the mayor said it was used to add an additional layer of protection.
Parade participant Kim Rescobar said, “I think strength means that they feel that they really want to walk in honor.