The Nazis Have Taken Over Marietta

That’s the only way I can explain this.

Marietta’s veterans have been banned from passing out miniature U.S. flags during next week’s Fourth of July parade.

That’s right.

No flags.

Members of VFW Post 2681 — who for years have been walking along their parade float handing out the 3-by-5 inch flags — are banned from doing it this year.

“No one in the parade or during the parade can pass anything out, including paperwork, candy — anything,” said Maggi Moss, the special events coordinator for Marietta’s parks and recreation department.

“It’s not just these guys. No one can pass anything out while the parade is going on,” said Moss.

Moss said the rule has been in place for years. And the float application paperwork says it in capital, bold face letters: “ABSOLUTELY NO….”

She said no one has ever been hurt during the parade, but the rule is to ensure the safety of parade viewers.

“We just don’t want anything to happen to folks that are watching,” Moss said.

That’s news to the veterans, who have been handing out the flags for as long as anyone can remember.

You can call Ms. Moss and ask her to reconsider at 770-794-5601.

You can also call the mayor at 770-794-5502.

14 comments

  1. CobbGOPer says:

    I wonder if they are unintended casualties of an effort to restrict any political candidates who might be participating in the parade from handing out their push cards/flyers. I don’t know, but curious…

  2. griftdrift says:

    Well that’s pretty stupid. I have a feeling this type of action combined with Atlanta’s recent asinine “free speech zone” regs is going to suddenly make us a hotbed of Con Law.

  3. drjay says:

    as a healthcare provider i appalaud the powers that be in their effort to protect the public from the potentialing life threatening, parade freebie injuries that have plagued us for all much too long!

  4. drjay says:

    i do not think any of us want to revisit the 68 tournament of roses parade, or the less well known but equally devasting results of the apples given away at the greater spokane apple queen parade in 86!!

  5. rugby_fan says:

    This is quite possibly, the stupidest thing I have ever read about a Fourth of July celebration.

    I mean, bloody hell, the fireworks are more dangerous!

  6. memberg says:

    1) Wouldn’t the Nazis be pro-flag distribution?
    2) This is such a non-story. Either the city will recant, or the vets will do it anyway and not be stopped.

  7. GOPeach says:

    Soooo –

    What flags may we wave pray tell?
    Shall we aquire the flags from the Mexican protestors last year and wave thier flags instead?

  8. rugby_fan says:

    GOPeach once again, you can’t see what is happening.

    Flags may be waved, it is just no one is allowed to distribute materials.

    I should not be surprised such blind ignorance for the purpose of advancing (albeit rather clumsily) an agenda should come from you, yet I am.

  9. GoPeach, after you solve this problem, will you please find out who is at the bottom of the rumored movement to require recipients of colonoscopies to wed their gastrointerologist, prior to the procedure, in Georgia?

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