Friday, May 30, 2003


In De Pere, Wisconsin, veterans marching in the Memorial Day Parade are not allowed to carry rifles. Ceremonial rifles that the veterans usually carry in the parade are now banned, "for the children".

"The committee felt that kids have been watching war and killing people for the first half of this year and we didn't need that in a happy event like our parade, which is essentially a kids show," said Jason Paul, chairman of the De Pere Kiwanis Memorial Day Parade.

So their parade is not in honor of the veterans, but just entertainment for the kiddies. I wonder if the veterans appreciate being likened to circus clowns. Apparently the idea is that the veterans were good enough to carry rifles across Europe, but not through the town of De Pere!

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