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Treat them with honor and respect

Published: Monday, July 21, 2014 3:12 p.m. CST • Updated: Monday, July 21, 2014 3:21 p.m. CST

This is an open appeal to the Homestead Festival Parade committee.

As Homestead Festival time looms in the not-so-distant future, I feel the need to reach out to the decision-making committee members with hopes that bringing this issue to your attention will succeed this year, where previous year’s requests have fallen on deaf ears.

As the wife of a very proud veteran who marches in the parade with the other members of the Princeton Veteran’s Group Color Guard, I am aware there is an issue which weighs heavy on all the veterans’ minds. Each year there are numerous veterans who, for physical reasons, are no longer able to march with their comrades but ride in a wagon. They request their wagon follow immediately behind the marchers, but every year they are relegated to a place back further in the parade as though they are a separate entry — just another float in the parade. Why?

These men all served our country and believe me, if they were still able to march the full distance of the parade route, they certainly would be marching proudly with their heads high. There is a disservice being done to these men, and it really needs to be corrected.

How about this year you treat them with the honor and respect they truly deserve and allow them to be part of the Color Guard at the front of the parade? I appeal to you to do the right thing. I know for sure, it will bring a tear to my eyes to see them riding where they belong.

Connie Oeder


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