Bo Barnes: Where's the respect?


To the editor:

I was completely horrified during the parade Saturday. No one took off their hats or placed their hand over their hearts when the veterans float went by, except me and the woman I was with.

To me, that was not only rude, but disrespectful to the men and women on that float.

We need to remember what Memorial Day is about. It was started to honor our fallen soldiers, who put their lives on the line so we have the right to fly our flag. We need to teach our children what our forefathers had to go through for us to have our flag and what the people who have and are serving in the military go through.

Next time you see the American flag waving, give it its due respect, along with telling our men and women in uniform thank you.

Bo Barnes


greeneyedgurl 7 years, 1 month ago

My mother and I had our hands there. I get upset with it too when people don't respect it and/or the vets. A lot of rude people out there, at least you're not one of them, thanks for writing this to the paper.


dogfan 7 years, 1 month ago

Was standing on corner by city market and for as far as I could see there was people showing no respect. Men not even removing their hats, made me want to go up to them and smack them in the back of the head knocking them off. Something I question, what happened to the flags leading the parade?


greeneyedgurl 7 years ago

You know Dogfan, i asked myself that very same question when the parade was going by. I told my mom "they should be at the front of the parade". Hmm...


dogfan 7 years ago

Put the police, fire trucks, and ambulances at the end of the parade.


lonelyone 7 years ago

If I remember correctly, the fire trucks were put in front because MANY years ago they were in the middle and really had a fire to go to and couldn't get away from the parade because of it. When they blew their horns and such everyone just thought it was all part of the parade!! I too think it is shameful how people act when the flag comes by. And it's not just on the local level. Watching pro sports on tv when they do the national anthem, and all those ball players or car drivers just standing there makes me mad.


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