Does this strike anyone but me as just plain stupid? They can't have a parade because veterans can't march and perform for the public? How about honoring the veterans by setting up a special viewing station for them, where they can sit their weary bones, their injured bodies, and let them be entertained and honored by others? This is about honoring those who have served and remembering those who have not. In the city of Beverly, Mass:
“Most of us, like myself, either have some knee issues or foot issues or whatever,” explains Jerry Guilebbe, the city’s Director of Veterans’ Services. “Just getting down the street to march” can be difficult if not impossible, he says.
Innocenti agrees. “We try and try,” he says. “When we were younger we used to march everywhere, but we can’t do it anymore.”
As for younger veterans – like the men and women who have served in Iraq or Afghanistan – they are often too busy to take part.
“I’ve found just talking with them,” explains Guilebbe , “they’re
emergency medical technicians, firefighters, police. They’re first
responders, so traditionally that’s their day to work so it’s hard to
get them to come out and actually participate.” (CBSBoston)