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Letter | Poor Memorial Day decision by Myrtle Beach officials couldn’t stop march

Bystander Lancer Torain hears Semper Fi from one of the participants in the Veterans March on Memorial Day from 16th Avenue North to Ninth Avenue North on Ocean Boulevard in Myrtle Beach.
Bystander Lancer Torain hears Semper Fi from one of the participants in the Veterans March on Memorial Day from 16th Avenue North to Ninth Avenue North on Ocean Boulevard in Myrtle Beach. By Tom Murray

To Myrtle Beach government administrators:

On Memorial Day, your disgraceful decision worked. There was a march on Ocean Boulevard to Pavilion Park; not a parade, just a march, as the word was you forbade our parade to have any bands, music or banners.

Somehow a single piper got in and played patriotic songs the entire march, music that 10 bands couldn’t match. Many American flags were seen, too.

An estimate of more than 300 people marched, veterans of World War II, the Korean War, Vietnam, the Gulf wars and Afghanistan and their families and families. There were also enthusiastic supporters who cheered from the sidewalk.

Proud patriotic feelings were evoked along the way. Also, the police department should be credited with displaying terrific concerns and providing directions for us.

No one seemed to care that on this most recent Memorial Day the loss of the almighty tourist dollar, and that other fear you allowed to rule you, would find a way for them to not participate in the march. Rather, they cared more about the meaning of the day and showed up.

Next year, if you choose to make a similar fear-filled, disgraceful decision, consider the turnout at this year’s march and expect double the marchers and supporters.

One last thing. Today you should have time, in your busy schedules, to pause a moment and say a prayer for veterans gone, us living vets, and America’s service men and women preserving this nation.

The writer, a Korean War vetern, lives in Surfside Beach.

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