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#1 Hum

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Posted 26 May 2013 - 22:04

A group of Massachusetts veterans say they are saddened by their city's decision to cancel an annual Memorial Day parade because not enough veterans are able to march in it.

CBS Boston reports the city of Beverly cancelled its parade for what is believed to be the first time since the Civil War because of low turnout at previous parades.

Many of the older veterans in the town say they can no longer march due to physical ailments.

“Most of us, like myself, either have some knee issues or foot issues or whatever,” Jerry Guilebbe, the city’s Director of Veterans’ Services, tells CBS Boston.

Additionally, Guilebbe says many of the town's younger veterans are unavailable.

“I’ve found just talking with them,” he told CBS Boston. “They’re emergency medical technicians, firefighters, police. They’re first responders, so traditionally that’s their day to work so it’s hard to get them to come out and actually participate.”

Instead of the parade, the town plans to honor veterans at a ceremony at one of its parks.

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Posted 27 May 2013 - 03:30

It would be nice to have a veteran at a Memorial Day parade but they are not necessary to have a parade. It's as much for us to remember as it is to honor what they did.

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Posted 29 May 2013 - 18:24

Memorial Day is to honor those that "died" while serving. You don't honor living veterans on Memorial Day. There is a separate holiday, Veterans Day, for honoring veterans, past and present.

Their reasoning is just BS. If there isn't enough people for a parade due to financial reasons that's fine and understandable. But to claim it was because there wasn't enough veterans to support it is bogus.

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Posted 29 May 2013 - 18:35

Why not let them march in wheel chairs it is what we do for remembrance day in the UK.

#5 freak180

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Posted 29 May 2013 - 19:27

But the gay pride parade continues... ( i have nothing against ) but I seriously find it pointless to have one yet gives a BS excuse to cancel the memorial day parade.

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Posted 29 May 2013 - 22:04

It would be nice to have no more veterans -- when we have no more wars. ;)

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Posted 30 May 2013 - 01:46

It would be nice to have no more veterans -- when we have no more wars. ;)


I have a hard time imaging that day every coming.

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Posted 30 May 2013 - 01:50

march in wheel chairs


say what?



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