New Castle News

November 18, 2013

Keep parade’s focus on local veterans

By Staff
New Castle News

NEW CASTLE — Editor, The News:

On Nov. 9, New Castle, like all cities across the country, honored its local veterans with a parade aptly named Veterans Day Parade.

Ironically, only one veteran was on the reviewing stand. Most seats were reserved for our city and county officials.

Although I do not object to their presence on the stand, I believe the point is missed.

The emphasis, as well as the right thing, would be to place veterans at that place of honor.

I have passionately recommended to our veterans council commander that a single representative of World War II, Korea, Vietnam, the Persian Gulf war, Iraq and Afghanistan would and should sit on the reviewing stand. It is for them that we are having this parade.

Unfortunately, my recommendation has been ignored.

Anthony J. Elisco

Riverside Apartments

New Castle