Guns belong in Memorial Day Parade

To the Editor:

I think Altamont is becoming a microcosm of the United States as a whole (hole). People have become apathetic, disengaged and totally devoid of interest.

The village election brought out 60-plus people. The mayor blamed the weather. Does anyone really believe that?

I was told the Memorial Day parade was poorly attended. Same thing: “Weather.” That could very well be because it did rain some.

But the people who were on Lincoln and Western avenues had the same kind of rain but that is no longer part of the parade route.

I was told that military armament such as tanks and half-tracks mounted with guns could not parade.

If that is true, somebody better get their act together and remember that these are some of the vehicles that provided us with a Memorial Day.

George Pratt


Editor’s note: According to Dennis Cyr, commander of the Boyd Hilton Veterans of Foreign Wars Post, which helped with the last Sunday’s Memorial Day parade in Altamont, “We had guns. We always like to see that.”

Cyr surmised that the rain on Sunday might have discouraged some of the usual participants from being part of the annual parade because mounted guns require special cleaning if they get wet.

Cyr concluded that guns are part of the military experience.

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