Vicksburg’s Memorial Day parade – what’s the problem?

The annual parade to celebrate Memorial Day is a tribute to the patriotism of the men and women in our armed forces who have sacrificed their lives in defense of our country. The event in Vicksburg, however, attracts only small numbers of participants. This past Sunday’s parade consisted of a few automobiles with placards on their doors along with the usual cadre of city police cars and a fire truck. The crowd could not have numbered over 200, a turnout that can be no source of pride for a city and county of 52,000 citizens. Why is there no more interest shown in the parade, and how can it better honor our fallen heroes?

Published in: on May 30, 2007 at 1:24 pm  Comments (2)  

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  1. The problem is multi-faceted. No sense of patriotism being taught in the schools, no sense of patriotism being taught in most homes, no marketing of the day by anyone that it is special…. one only has to look at the success of the Mardi Gras parade to see what could be done if the effort was made.

  2. You are absolutely right, Petesy. But what can we do about it? The federal government has its evil tentacles in every aspect of our lives; local control has been stymied, and we’re all suffering for it. Malcolm

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