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Parade for Korean War veterans was nice but lacked support from city, schools

By Victoria Advocate
Feb. 16, 2014 at 4:02 p.m.
Updated Feb. 15, 2014 at 8:16 p.m.


Editor, the Advocate:

What is a parade without bands? Where were any of the Victoria or surrounding area bands from any of the public schools? The only one to show up - and thank you - was the St. Joseph High School band. Truly, the Korean veterans are from the Forgotten War and will always be remembered as such. What a shame and embarrassment that not one public school had any music representation.

There were veterans and their spouses from throughout the area, including a large group from Houston and a motorcycle group of ministers. There were parade floats present from local and area towns and communities, which was also appreciated. The parade otherwise was a great success because of the mighty efforts of Ron Kocian and all of his volunteers with the Warrior's Weekend organization.

What an embarrassment for the city of Victoria to ignore these veterans who gave so much of their lives to not have any of our public schools' bands in the parade.

Again, it proves to me that Victoria is still not the city it wishes to be and will not ever achieve this status until it begins supporting events that bring in outside participants.

Only with the backing from the city and schools will Victoria achieve what it so much desires.

John Goldman, Korean War veteran, Victoria

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