Veterans to defy city ban on flag distribution
Earlier I reported that the veterans conquered the flag restricitons by my city of Marietta, Ga. They had negotiated a truce. Now the VFW has thrown down the gauntlet and said that “the truce is off”!
What seems to have happened is the city had said the VFW could lead the parade with the Lions Club and help hand out flags at the front of the parade and could also walk alongside their float (which is much further back) and also hand out flags on the sidewalk alongside their float (but not at the curb as in years past). However, as it turns out, the city has now clarified that the Lions Club and the flag distribution is not part of the parade but will precede the parade by 10 to 15 minutes, claiming that it has “always been that way”. The Lions Club denies that, claiming they have always been part of the parade.
That puts the Lions Club, the Fire Truck and the VFW flag distribution at least 10 to 15 minutes before the parade starts and not part of the Fourth Of July parade at all. The city says the Lions Club is not an official entry of the parade. The Lions Club has stated flatly that it is.
The VFW only wants to do what it always has – distribute American Flags alongside their float. “Americans might be speaking Japanese if it weren’t for veterans”said Korean War Veteran Leon Dean of VFW post 2681.
The movment of the flag distribution away from their float to a point that is not even part of the parade has riled the veterans no end. It means that their flag distribution which has always been in the curb along the street next to their float is off limits for any flag distribution and the flags will only be distributed prior to the parade, not in it. The veterans feel dishonored by the city.
The Mayor and Council has stated catagorically that the veterans cannot distribute flags alongside of the float, but at least they are wise enough to state that “nobody will be arrested”. However that statement leaves open the possibility that the VFW member veterans and the Woman’s Auxillary members will be cited and possibly fined (but not arrested) if they distribute flags after the parade begins, alongside their float as has been the tradition. The war is on.
The Mayor Dunaway has blamed the AJC article quoted in an earlier post in this blog as a “distortion of the press” and blamed the story for the “negative national attention” the city has received. He says that the VFW can’t pass out flags at the float because then every float will want to pass out something and there is nothing to keep some politician from printing an American Flag with a political message on it and passing it out. He said the prohibition is a common rule.
If you don’t want negative national attention, Mayor, respect our veteran heroes and our flag!
Mayor William B. Dunnaway mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org
770-794-5501 Phone 770-794-5505 Fax
P.O. Box 709
Marietta, GA 30061