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06/22/2022 08:00 AM

An Inappropriate Place

I recently attended the Memorial Day Parade. As the fire trucks were passing by, I assumed it was the end of the parade. However, I noticed a dozen or so people walking behind the trucks carrying a banner and signs. It appeared to me that they were not a part of the authorized marchers but decided to join in. This was disrespectful not only to those marching, the parade organizers and attendees, but most of all, very disrespectful to our veterans.

As this group of people got closer I saw that the banner read “STOP MANDATES”, and some of them were carrying signs about masking, the vaccine, etc. To be clear, it’s not about the message itself, it’s that it is an inappropriate place to voice opinions. I hope this is not allowed to happen in the future.

Memorial Day was originally established during the Civil War as a day to honor the men and women who died while serving in the Unites States Armed Forces, particularly those who died in battle or as result of wounds sustained in battle. In other words, the purpose of Memorial Day is to memorialize those veterans who made the ultimate sacrifice.

Gail Montesi