At the ESSFTA National in September 2015, a new design element was added to the annual Parade of Rescue venue — the perimeter of the conformation ring was reverently lit by over a two hundred and fifty custom-crafted luminaria, each one imprinted with a special tribute to an honored two- or four-legged friend. A small donation of $10 to the Jan Flagg Memorial Fund was behind each luminary in the impressive display. The setting was extraordinary and added to the sense of pride felt by everyone in attendance.

The idea for the Parade of Honor — and the hours of work that made it a success — came from ESRA volunteer Veronica Barker who had recently lost her "heart dog" Vinnie and wanted to pay tribute to his memory in a way that helped ESRA's ongoing rescue work with Springers. Her proposed plan to offer luminaries to other ESRA supporters as remembrances of their own loved ones and commemorations for special friends was accepted and was given the fitting title "The Parade of Honor."

Tributes for the 2015 Parade of Honor are posted below. Veronica's "tiny spark" was clearly an inspiration for many!

TRIBUTES FOR THE 2015 PARADE OF HONOR
Veronica BarkerTo honor Mr. B, Vinnie, Nick, Fred and Borus in the Parade of Honor
Caryn PolaTo honor the following in the Parade of Honor:
  • #1 dog Don Dog who started it all
  • Ken Ulis, my Hero who taught the love of Dog
  • Winston Pola
  • Buffy Dog Pola
  • Prince Pola
  • Jan Flagg, my Hero and dear friend
  • My best Friends M & M Miller
  • Bob Pola, the love of my Life
  • Beverly Ulis, my mom and best friend
Kathleen EngbergFor luminaries in the Parade of Honor to honor the nine Springers who have blessed my life
  • Toby
  • Buddy
  • Spring
  • Thatcher
  • Lydia
  • Misty
  • Lola
  • Carson
  • and Hailey
Marsha JohnsonFor luminaries in the Parade of Honor to honor the memory of
  • Viola A. Marsh-Johnson
  • George
  • Lady Jane
  • Pepper
  • Duke
  • Lacey
  • and in honor of Libby and Kody
Carla MeyerFor luminaries in the Parade of Honor for Jasmine, Tuvalu, Holly, Casey, Cluncy, Barkky, Beckham, Abby, Tink, Lucy and Gem, a gorgeous senior Springer we rescued in our pre-ESRA days
Cynthia PiersonTo honor Kramer in the Parade of Honor
Dan and Karen SteltonFor a luminary in the Parade of Honor for Holly
Carolyn MolloyFor luminaries in the Parade of Honor to honor my fellow unsung heroes whose silent, long-serving and tireless behind-the-scenes administrative work keeps ESRA functioning:
  • Barbara King, Belle Sprague, and Mary Viehoefer, Website Team
  • Cindy Pierson, Letter Writing Team and Adoptions List Keeper
  • Florence Dick, Membership Chairperson
  • Peggie Malcolm, Adoptions Chairperson
  • and Don Osborne, Forms and Lit Chairperson
Katie SandersFor luminaries in the Parade of Honor to honor Ginger and Hunter
Kathy RaidtTo honor Siri, Champ, Buddy, Chester, Amos and Lucy each with a luminary in the Parade of Honor
Renee HolmesTo honor our first Springer, Prudence, in the Parade of Honor. Who rescued who? We thank you, Prudence.
The Albert FamilyFor luminaries in the Parade of Honor to honor the memory of Biggs and Lily
Peggie MalcolmTo honor Samn Hill N Carans F Fourteen "Tommie" in the Parade of Honor
Carol and James RushingFor luminaries in the Parade of Honor to honor:
  • Kenneth Goodhue-McWilliams
  • "Caitlin" Ch. Pullman's Paper Hearts, RN, NAP, NJP, CGC
  • "Darin" Ch. Nitewind's Dare To Dream, CDX,RN, OA, AXJ, CGC
  • "Courtney" Ch. Circle Games Regal Court, CDX, OA, NAJ, CGC
  • "Gunther" Ch. Circle Games Contingency, UD, OA, NAJ, CGC
  • "Rainie" Chartwell's The Sky Is Gray, UD
  • "Rumor" Ch. Chartwell's Chance Of Rain
Rhonda GrovesTo honor Tuggy and Lizzie with luminaries in the Parade of Honor
AnonymousFor a luminary in the Parade of Honor to honor Sue Schroer for all her tireless work for ESRA
Gary and Christine KrygerLuminaries in the Parade of Honor to honor Victor and Daisy
Terry SpragueA luminary to honor the team ready to pack and transport ESRA's "presence" to The National
Terry SpragueA luminary in the Parade of Honor to honor each of my three fellow California coordinators — Cindy Pierson, Renee Holmes and Karen Barone
Jenny, Lane and
Kenzie Scott
To honor Molly with a luminary in the Parade of Honor
From their friends
in GA's ESRA
A luminary in the Parade of Honor in memory of Gary and Christine Kryger's Victor, a Heart Dog taken way too soon
Eric ChristensenLuminaries in the Parade of Honor to honor Liddiette and Calamari
Patricia WooldridgeA luminary in the Parade of Honor in memory of K.C.
Lori DiLorenzo WareFor luminaries in the Parade of Honor in honor of Mojo and C
Janet MitchellFor luminaries in the Parade of Honor for Becky, Freedom, Jubilee and Winchester
Kolleen WickA luminary in the Parade of Honor in memory of my three Springers — Jesse, Coco Chanel and Shekinah
Cindy LighterFor a luminary in the Parade of Honor in memory of Buddie Lighter
Nita Watson To honor with a luminary in the Parade of Honor my Springer angels Rodney, Max, Dottie, Pebbles, and Jack; my ESRA inspirations Sue Schroer, Carol Sanderson, Emily Pike, and Melissa Underwood, and Carol's sweet Sammie who recently crossed the Rainbow Bridge
Lea AlexanderLuminaries in the Parade of Honor in memory of my Springer angels, Missy, Ginger and Britney
Mindy PoultonTo honor Hunter, Sammye, Jenny and Sadie in the Parade of Honor
Tim and Anke LoweLuminaries in the Parade of Honor for:
  • Ch. Camelaird Believe It Too – Grandma CJ
  • Ch. Camelaird's Lady Of Avalon – Morgan
  • Ch. Camelaird's White Knight – Peli
  • Ch. Clussexx The Phantom Menace GCC – Tommy1
  • Ch. Linran's Magical Serenade – Merlin
  • Ch. Omarvelous Betta Believe It – Betty
  • FC Spiked Moon Pie MH – Pie
  • Sunburst Promise To Camelaird – Morgan1
  • Ch Three D Moon Of Camelaird GCC –Leia
Sally BarberLuminaries in memory of my beloved mother Ethel Jane Smith, my first Springer Harry and my rescue Springer Nicholas
Yvonne MolnarA luminary in the Parade of Honor to honor Spots-A-Lot
Rod n San McKinney Luminaries in the Parade of Honor in memory of Ian and Pixie, two wonderful souls who are greatly missed daily
Veronica BarkerA luminary for Caryn Pola, without your support this project would not, could not be realized; and Barbara King, without your extraordinary technical support for the Parade of Honor I would be lost. I thank you, Ladies, for all you do and continue to do!
Katie LawrenceLuminaries in the Parade of Honor to honor Gwen, Puppy, Sadie and Shelley
Renee HolmesA luminary in the Parade of Honor in memory of our beautiful Pearl
Louisa ArendtFor luminaries in the Parade of Honor in memory of Peaches, Ben, Maeby and Maggie
Martha and Tom WarnockFor luminaries in the Parade of Honor for Oliver and Myles
Christi CooperTo honor Henry, Natalie, and Wyatt Cooper in the Parade of Honor
Michael CollinsTo honor Addie in the Parade of Honor
Ellie AnschuetzTo honor Springer Moody and Lucky Lab in the Parade of Honor
Kim MatthewsTo honor Dr. and Mrs. Mark Colicchio in the Parade of Honor
Kim MatthewsTo honor Rehm Animal Clinic at Timber Run, Loxley AL in the Parade of Honor
Ellen and Mark MunsonTo honor Chelsea-May in the Parade of Honor
Suzanne Bell To honor in the Parade of Honor:
  • Lifesaver's Buddernut Squash, CGC, Suzanne's foundation dog
  • Lifesaver's Just Bust a Move, CGC
  • Lifesaver's Looking Good Billy Ray, CGC
  • Lifesaver's Classic Cocktail
  • Multiple BIS/BISS American/Canadian CH. Ramblewood Honkie Tonk Beau
  • CH. Ramblewood Fancy Lady of Choice
  • and in memory of Jan Flagg, my best and dearest friend. Not a day goes by that I don't think of you and wonder if you're alright. I miss you terribly.
Dessie BothamTo honor Frasier in the Parade of Honor
Cathy PetersTo honor Molly, my first Springer, Thumper, my first ESRA dog, and Lady, my blind failed ESRA foster girl, in the Parade of Honor
Anita GreenbaumTo honor Keel and Sabra in the Parade of Honor
Anne MeleTo honor the memory of Beauty in the Parade of Honor
Mary GuttieriTo honor the memory of Madeline Finnerty in the Parade of Honor
Tracy StanleyTo honor Old Man Miller Stanley and Becky Taff Stanley in the Parade of Honor
Anne KolaczykTo honor the memory of Moses in the Parade of Honor
Melinde WaddleTo honor Sweetheart in the Parade of Honor
Jean HilbigTo honor CH CT Robertsons Gold Camp Reunion UD – First AKC Champion Tracker Springer in the Parade of Honor
Betty TunksTo honor Cody in the Parade of Honor
Shari StanforthTo honor Gaby, Wembley and Lucy in the Parade of Honor
Lynn SkochdopoleTo honor Bama, Chandler, Alvin, Murphy, and Latte in the Parade of Honor
Terry SpragueTo honor Charlie in the Parade of Honor
Marge MillerTo honor Buddy, Murphy, my dearest friend Caryn Pola and my wonderful husband Marv in the Parade of Honor
Barbara KingFor luminaries in the Parade of Honor to honor the memory of three of my ESRA Springers who have crossesd the Rainbow Bridge in the last year — Blake, Sammy and Zoe
Barry and Gail BreckleFor luminaries in the Parade of Honor to honor Teddy, our foster going through heartworm treatment and to honor the memory of Jennybelle, our beautiful Golden who died suddenly of liver failure
Cindy LesterTo honor Richard "Dickie" Pechie, William Lester, and Vicki Dunbar in the Parade of Honor
Lynn ButlerTo honor Susan-N-Tucker in the Parade of Honor
Theresa BrownTo honor the memory of Daisy in the Parade of Honor
Lisa FalkFor luminaries in the Parade of Honor to honor the following:
  • four of my four-legged friends — Maggie, Bailey, Lucy and Ranger
  • two women who encouraged my involvement with rescue and ESRA, Kris Specht and Ellie Stark
  • and four "new" friends who share a love of Springers — Ellen Munson, Nita Watson, Sharon Howe and Jill Dunham
Veronica BarkerFor a Parade of Honor luminary to honor the memory of Irena, much loved by Beth Fink
Lisa FalkFor luminaries in the Parade of Honor to honor my friend Marsha Johnson and dogs Walter, Ellie, RooBear and Guinness
Stacey, Kenny
and Madie Smith
For luminaries in the Parade of Honor in honor of Harley, Baby, Codie, Max, Faye Carpenter, Kenneth Smith, and Pat Barnette
Maria MorrellFor a luminary in the Parade of Honor for each of my three angels — Bently, Dillon and Elliot — there isn't a day that goes by that I don't miss them!
Linda ProutyTo honor Malcolm Loves with a luminary in the Parade of Honor
Bea PratlA luminary in the Parade of Honor for Casey the Wonderdog honored by Mom & Dad Pratl
Melissa McKelveyTo honor Aggie's Frieda and Aggie's Lucky in the Parade of Honor
Sheri LeiderTo honor Blaze and Barbara Schacter in the Parade of Honor
Kris and Craig SpechtFor luminaries in the Parade of Honor in memory of Woodie, Indie, Max and Libby
Ginnie KleinIn memory of Chester
The Frink FamilyFor a luminary to honor Danny Boy in the Parade of Honor
Beth MaryanFor luminaries in the Parade of Honor for me to honor Sarah and Salty Dawg and for ESRA's Charlie to honor the memory of his mom, Lisa Cunningham
FriendsTo honor Vern and Peggy Johnson with a luminary in the Parade of Honor
Tony and Rita Jo VasquezTo honor Vasdon's Memories with a luminary in the Parade of Honor
Tristan NelsenFor a luminary in the Parade of Honor to honor Dubya
Leann GertsmaTo honor the memory of my Springer Lilo with a luminary in the Parade of Honor
Yolanta JonynasTo honor Isabella, Ami and Diego with luminaries in the Parade of Honor

Click this link to view the tributes offered for the 2016 Parade of Honor.

All donations earmarked for the Parade of Honor go to ESRA's Jan Flagg Memorial Fund
to support the rescue, rehabilitation and rehoming of Springers in need.