Friday, May 23, 2008

Go Away. Where Would Memorial Day Be Without The Damn Wars

Veterans peace group blocked from parade

"WASHINGTON - A veterans group that opposes the war in Iraq has been blocked from marching in a Memorial Day parade in Washington after being told its plans, which once included a casket representing war dead, would be too political for the event.
Veterans for Peace was initially granted a spot in the May 26 parade that is scheduled to travel down Constitution Avenue, past landmarks that include the Washington Monument and the White House.
But the American Veterans Center, a nonprofit that organizes the parade, has pulled that approval, saying it does not allow the expression of political viewpoints.
Anthony Teolis, treasurer of the Washington-area chapter of Veterans for Peace, said that as veterans, the group should be able to take part in the parade. He said it was being singled out because of its anti-war views.

"We are a veterans groups like any other except we have the word peace in our name," Teolis said."

Pulling a little casket to symbolize fallen troops is outlawed. Even after the group said it wouldn't do that it was still banned. But celebrating past wars and flat out militarism is just fine with the parade organizers.

"The parade, now in its fifth year, includes marchers that span the military history of America, from Revolutionary War re-enactors to active duty military units. Other groups scheduled for this year include 20 high school bands, a military high school, and actor Gary Sinise. Last year roughly 250,000 people attended."


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