A Note from Mayor Dunaway

Mayor Dunaway of Marietta sent me an email that explains a lot of what happened. I guess my only question is that if this has been going on for years, why then did the VFW fall under the impression that they would be prohibited this year from doing as they’ve always done.

Here’s the Mayor’s note:

In reply to some incorrect news stories, let me tell you the other side of the story.

For years, the Lions Club and Marietta employees have distributed over 10,000 flags along the route BEFORE the parade. We told the VFW that we would appreciate the help and more flags if they wanted to participate in this before the parade.

We also told the VFW that they could walk along the route, off the street, and pass out their flags.

The rule of no distribution of ANY items from the parade entries is purely for safety reasons. I know for a fact that it has been in effect since 1989. I think this rule has been in effect since 1968. I have been involved in practically every 4th of July Celebration since then. It is a common safety rule in effect in many towns.

The rules are given to each participant at the time they are accepted for the parade. It is not “new” news. To my knowledge this rule has been followed by practically everyone through the years. In the few instances it has not been, the city has just asked them stop the distribution and everyone has voluntarily complied.

As a side note, I am very proud that Marietta is one of the few towns in Georgia that sponsors a Veterans Day Parade and Celebration every November 11th.

Marietta does have one of the largest, if not the largest, Fourth of July Parade and Celebration north of Atlanta in Georgia. I am very proud the city goes to this effort and expense. Many city employees donate their time to ensure that our citizens can celebrate our independence.

In particular, I am upset with the headline that said “Marietta bans flags.” Anyone who has ever been a Marietta 4th of July Parade knows that our flag is visible everywhere. In addition to the 10,000 flags I mentioned, the Marietta Kiwanis places over 1,000 large flags along the streets and square of Marietta for every holiday.

Thanks Mayor Dunaway.

5 comments

  1. Common Sense says:

    Maybe America isn’t under attack from the secular left after all.

    I’m still going to be manning my shotgun position on the roof, taking shots at anyone with an ACLU bumpersticker or long hair just to be safe.

  2. Jmac says:

    I guess my only question is that if this has been going on for years, why then did the VFW fall under the impression that they would be prohibited this year from doing as they’ve always done.

    Could it be that they hadn’t followed the rules, Marietta made them more clear and the VFW jumped the gun and thought they were being persecuted? I mean, think of the amount of attention they’ve gotten from what was, in essence, kind of a non-story.

  3. drjay says:

    “I think this rule has been in effect since 1968.”

    when memories of the 68 tournament of roses parade were still fresh in everyone’s minds…

  4. joe says:

    “It’s not just these guys. No one can pass anything out while the parade is going on,” Maggi Moss, the special events coordinator for Marietta’s parks and recreation department, said early Wednesday.

    Moss said the policy has been in place for years and that officials were not aware that the veterans were handing out the 3-by-5-inch flags. “Obviously, they have been handing them out very secretively,” she said.

    I don’t see that VFW was confused about the city’s position. It looks more like the parks department was confused.

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