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.
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.