I have been reading, with great interest, the opinions expressed by the readers of The Sun News concerning the Memorial Day March. Not the official parade, which I plan on attending as well, but Jack Platt's March.
I really enjoy the back and forth concerning the Military Appreciation Committee. From the result so far, I would have to say that this committee sounds like an oxymoron - like “military intelligence.”
They have accepted lame excuses to move the parade, as other events are planned and no one can control all the activities.
What planned event can veto a parade for our veterans who sometimes served in trying conditions, where all gave some and some gave their all so we can debate such topics?
To Platt's friend, who is seeking an application to parade on Memorial Day, I hope he asked for the same application that the Atlantic Beach Memorial Day Bikefest has. If he doesn't get a permit, then I guess we will be arrested for marching.
If one person is arrested, then that would be one more than anyone has been arrested for creating the violence during the last Bikefest deaths. I will be there and, if necessary, bail Platt out of jail.
By now, I am quite sure that the attendees of the Bikefest are watching the videos on how to act on that day ... yeah, right. When the city of Myrtle Beach is stuck between a rock - the right thing to do - and a hard place - voter reaction - they look to shift the blame for moving the date because the Military Appreciation Committee said they had recommended the date change.
I am not a veteran, just the son of one who served, not in wars, but in a police action in Korea (two tours) and in an supporting action in Vietnam (two tours). Half of my family served, with their grand kids and great-grand kids now serving in the military.
With these good citizens in mind, Mr. Platt, I will gladly walk with you and Robert Morris. Don't worry if you can not carry that tattered flag; I would feel honored to do that for you, if I am allowed.
That flag represents those who fought and sometimes gave their all to defend this country and freedom is places like Fort McHenry in Baltimore, over the beaches in Normandy, on the ships in Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941, and in places such as Iraq and Afghanistan.
The flag will fly proudly over Myrtle Beach on the day of Jack Platt's parade.
Just let me know where and when and I will be there to support you guys anyway I can. You veterans served so that I have the right to peacefully assemble and to speak freely.
I will always respect those who gave those rights and freedoms to me.
I just wish the city of Myrtle Beach and Horry County officials felt the same. Maybe after the next election we will.
The writer lives in Myrtle Beach.