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Political floats don't belong in veterans parade

Oct. 16, 2012 at 5:16 a.m.


Editor, the Advocate:

As a Marine Vietnam combat veteran, I was proud to have participated in Saturday's "The Parade That Never Was" in downtown Victoria. A million thanks from all Vietnam veterans to the organizers of this beautiful and patriotic event and to the thousands of spectators who lined the parade route and showed their deep appreciation to the Vietnam veterans. For me, personally, the 44-year wait was very much worth it! Veterans from Beeville, including myself, had reservations with the political entries in the parade. I rode my bike (motorcycle) in the parade, and our meeting place was across the street from the Visitors Center. It was disheartening to view a large political float across the street from us. The old saying, "Don't rain on someone else's parade" is very true with this particular political float and any others who might have participated in this parade which was dedicated to the Vietnam veterans and not to individuals seeking political office. Very grateful and Semper Fi.

Eloy Rodriguez, Beeville

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