Parade should be about celebration, not politics

Posted: Monday, July 24, 2006

After watching the Fourth of July Parade held in Kenai, please express my gratitude to all who made it possible. To all serving and whom served this great Nation and make it possible for us to enjoy this day, the parade organizers, and all participants that put on a great show.

However, please express my dissatisfaction with the political advertisements and demonstrators who used this celebration as a stage. I understand and agree with our Constitutional Right to free speech but the Fourth of July Parade participants should not exercise political campaigns nor peacefully demonstrate.

The Fourth of July Parade should be a gathering, where all community members; regardless of political ties, beliefs, or opinions come together as Americans and celebrate our great Nation. Plenty alternative forums to express ones views, such as this column, exist.

John Adams wrote, in a letter to his wife, “It ought to be celebrated by pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations from one end of this continent to the other...” To all who used our celebration for a platform of political exhibition, please reconsider and come to the next with intent to celebrate as one nation, undivided.

Rory L. Espy


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