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Letter to the Editor: Wright Elliott on Canceling the Memorial Day Parade PDF Print Email

 

To the Editor:


Jun. 8, 2016:  I went down on Memorial Day to the corner of Pondfield and Midland Avenue and wept. I sat there in my car and wept for Bronxville. I thought of the tens of thousands lost and wounded at Normandy and Okinawa and their families and all the battles to try to preserve this great nation for future generations and then I thought about the people who shop in the rain, play golf in the rain, go to Broadway plays in the rain. You don't need more examples.

Then I thought of the hundreds of people who should be standing here waving flags, hugging their kids, and thanking God and going over in front of the school and hearing words about patriotism and feeling proud to be an American and a citizen of this village.

And I thought about the youngsters now growing up in this village; the parade honoring these memories and these values; this simple act of people marching and wearing their medals and the band playing Sousa. 

Canceled!!! Why? Because there's gonna be possibly a "heavy rain." God forbid if a few raindrops hit our heads in the middle of the commemoration.

I know I shouldn't send this, but, if you share any of this, you are the one person who might just be able to awaken a great village out of its inwardness to love and care for a greater America!!!!!

And you know what? I don't give a damn if there might, just might, have been a heavy rain!!!!

A. Wright Elliott
Longtime Resident of Bronxville

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I too was so very disappointed in the "much, much too hasty" cancelation of the one time that this Village pays homage to our Vets...from my window I watched as people were looking around to see what was "not happening". I wanted yell out to them...they cancelled due to "may-be" rain!! May be next year.

To all our Vets, and First Responders "rain or shine" Thank you & God Bless you for being there.
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I share the commitment to honoring the memories of those who served and those who gave their lives for our nation. I know the mayor does also as she wrote this article in anticipation of the parade: http://patch.com/new-york/bronxville/bronxville-veterans-years-memorial-day-parade-awaits

I hope we all stop and remember our veterans through out the year. Whenever I pass the memorial we have in town, I stop and reflect on the men and women who didn't have the full life that I have been so bless to have, in part because of their sacrifice. I hope we can all be more mindful of veterans; and those of us who can will hopefully contribute to veteran organizations.

We also have an online memorial: http://veterans.bronxvillehistoricalconservancy.org
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