On Friday, November 8 at 4 p.m., the Veteran’s Day parade was held in Moulton.  We would like to thank everyone who participated or came out to support our Veterans.   Unfortunately, the turnout for the parade was dismal.  

It was held at 4 p.m. to promote school participation.  We were told that things had to be held right after school otherwise kids would go home and it would be difficult to get them to come back, so to make it easy, we chose to have the parade at 4 p.m.  Huntsville held their parade on Veterans Day, and they had high school participation on a holiday.  Imagine that.   

In September, members of the organizing committee attended a meeting at the Board of Education to present our plea to all county principals.  We asked for participation from all groups and clubs, and the Superintendent offered to pay the expense of having buses bring groups to Moulton.  No one asked questions or offered comments.  We asked to be notified by October 15 so we could plan accordingly, but none responded.

The evening of the parade, two organizers came across one high school band director and asked if his band students intended to march in the parade.  He responded, “no, we already did a program at the school this morning.”  One other band director said it was a possibility, but she/he hadn’t been notified in time.  Did any principal go back after that meeting and say anything to their staff?  

Our Veterans deserved better from all of us.  For three years, organizers have been trying to create a parade to honor those who have given so much.  So far, we haven’t succeeded.  

We can do better Lawrence County.  We must do better.    

 

Ann Britnell and 

Wendy Hazle

Moulton, AL

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