2011-06-10 / Letters

No Respect For Vets

Dear Editor,

I was quite upset yesterday, Memorial Day. It seems that every one has a busy life and can not take time out to say thank you. I stood proud....all alone...at Beach 116 Street.

The parade that went down Rockaway Beach Boulevard was a very nice parade. It had members from the Daniel M. O’ Connell Post, Jewish War Veterans, Knights of Columbus plus Bands from the high school. Walter Blum’s Family was out in force and others.

I was standing on Beach 116 Street on the northeast corner waiting for the parade. I had a small American flag, that I used to wave to the marchers. I had to cross over to the south side of Rockaway Beach Boulevard so I could watch the parade; as cars were permitted to go west on RBB as the parade went east. Also, the pedestrians had no respect...they got off the Bus or train... and crossed the Boulevard, even though a police officer tried to hold them back.

Doesn’t any one teach their children that the reason they have this holiday is to honor our veterans? Don’t they realize that the reason they can go down to the beach and have fun is because of a veteran. Shouldn’t their mothers or fathers teach them respect? Respect for the law, respect for a veteran...

Even the cars...they should not have been permitted to go down the Boulevard. Since the police have walkietalkies they can close the side streets for a few minutes; as well as the Boulevard... Redirect the traffic... vehicle or pedestrian. Let the parade have its moment in Time.

BARBARA MORRIS

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