Monday, October 14, 2013

Honoring our Veterans?

Erie's Veterans Day Parade is, to put it mildly, not well attended. I've been to the parade several times in the years that I've lived near the parade route and it's a sad truth.

Parade Chairman Ken Sawdey has been organizing the parade for over a decade. When I asked him about attendance along the parade route Sawdey said, "Sometimes it is disappointing. A lot of work goes into the parade."

I think our neighborhood can change this. I think we can so in two ways:
1. Attending the parade personally
2. Publicizing the parade using our online presence. 

Here are the facts you need to know:
The parade is Saturday, November 9th, and it steps off at 9:30 am. The parade route runs along State Street from 26th to 38th and to the VA. There is a ceremony after the parade at the Naval Reserve Center. The ceremony will honor veterans and it starts at 11 am. The public is welcome to attend, according to a press release on the VA's website.

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I honestly feel that the Veterans Day Parade is Erie's "forgotten" parade. People just expect it to be there every year whether they attend or not. Sawdey says he would like to see this situation change, "Something is drastically wrong here."

Helping to promote this parade is good for our neighborhood. It's good for our our country. It's good for our Veterans. 

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