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In praise of Memorial Day Parade

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~ Letter to the Editor ~

To the editor:

  My observations of today’s Memorial Day Parade. As one who marched in today’s parade I made a number of observations of the parade of various things unlike years past. This years parade was much different than other years observations of men and women who gave of themselves in patriotic commitment to the tradition of service to their country. I must say, Steve Castinetti outdid himself along with the members of the Veterans’ Council in making the traditional parade an outstanding success. I observed one thing that really upset me though, that was the fact that the police did not close off the traffic coming toward the marchers. To me, it showed a lack of respect and interest for the Veterans that made freedom possible for their sad selves. They should have known better. The parade only lasted about an hour at most. I’m sure they didn’t have to get to the store to spend their hard earned cash that bad especially  the way the economy is at present. All in all, the parade was a great treat again this year, and I look forward to it once again next year.

Chester Stentisord

Saugus, Ma. 01906

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