Not impressed with parade

The Newnan Fourth of July parade was summed-up in three words: “Was that it?” Within twenty-four minutes, the annual parade came to a sudden halt, leaving the crowds bewildered to what seemed to be an abbreviated salute to “green power.”

My sadness began when I was amazed that the Buffalo Soldiers had dismounted from their trusty steeds, walking in an unlikely pedestrian formation. How cool would it have been to see the prancing equestrian team followed by the motorcycle club on their rumbling iron-horses?

Was it my imagination, or did I completely miss the ROTC color guard that normally always sets the patriotic tone to the event? Where was our salute to our treasured World War II heroes riding high in positions of honor?

We have three high school marching bands in Coweta County, and yet only a fraction of our dedicated students chose to participate in the most important parade of the year. No one carried a marching band parade banner to announce the approaching formation, leaving to one’s imagination who these musicians might represent. What’s next year’s plan; a Hare Krishna tinkling-cymbal ensemble?

My memories of July 4th parades of the past include Shiners and their mini-cars; clowns making animal balloons as they walk; police honor guards in their earth-shaking Harleys in tight formations; deafening marching bands pounding patriotic songs and cadences; local celebrities and waving beauty queens in open-topped convertibles; razor-sharp military honor guards representing the five branches of service; military vehicles driven by uniformed soldiers both past and present; and having a constant lump in my throat and tear in my eye as this moving celebration unfolded.

My strong advice to the city of Newnan: If you can’t do it right, don’t do it at all. We’ll all load up and go to Peachtree City.

W.J. Butcher

Newnan



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