Fourth of July parade lacked patriotism

My husband and I attended the Fourth of July parade in downtown Newnan.

I have a jumble of thoughts about the parade and they are all negative. I look forward to the parade every year, but especially the Fourth of July parade here in Newnan. I would usually leave the parade feeling very patriotic, very grateful to the men and women who fought our wars to make our country the free and proud country that it is. I love seeing and honoring the soldiers who fought in World War II, in Korea, in Vietnam, in Iraq and in Afghanistan. I love paying homage to them. I feel a swell of pride when I see the color guard.

Where was all that at the parade?

I have read about the Buffalo Soldiers and I admire and respect them, but what about the other soldiers that should have been honored in the parade? Our son spent 16 months in Iraq in the Army Infantry and I thank God that he came home alive and whole. He was awarded a Bronze Star for Valor. But what about the families that watched the parade who’s son’s did not come back home or were changed physically and emotionally forever by fighting that war?

The parade was an attempt to be like Peachtree City, which Newnan doesn’t want, and it was an advertising spread. Where were the soldiers representing the US Army, the US Marine Corp. the US Navy, the US Air Force, the US Coast Guard along with all the advertisements?

I was willing to give the new time and the shorter route the benefit of the doubt, but the parade went too far by leaving patriotism and service to America out of it. The parade gets a great big BOO from us and I expect from many other people.

Evelyn and David Davis



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