Saturday, August 29, 2009

Veterans Day Parade, II

August 28, 2009
(12:30 PM)

Once again, the people of this great city have humbled me with their generosity.
After recognizing the difficult decisions being made by the City Council in these trying times – including having to cut funding for the Veterans Day Parade – many citizens of Jacksonville and a number of private sector companies have stepped forward.
They didn’t rise in opposition to the cuts; rather, they stepped up saying that they wanted to further galvanize their support for this great military town by privately funding this year’s parade! As the grandson of two of our military heroes, I am overwhelmed and deeply appreciative and as a Jacksonville native, I am as proud as ever to call this city home. This is another example of how a great city responds to adversity. We band together and make good things happen. Here’s to you, Jacksonville! Let’s make this year’s parade bigger and better than ever!


Richard A. Clark
Council President


MightyMom said...


Anonymous said...

that wasn't exactly an apology. and i did not see the council president at last year's memorial day observance. had he been there, he would have known that this annual event does not occur to make people 'feel good.' if i remember accurately, there were only 3 or 4 city councilpersons in attendance last year, along with our mayor and rep. ander crenshaw.

Airborne dad said...

Agreed, anonymous. Agreed. If you were at the 2008 observance, that was my son who did keynote speech. I don't think this is over yet.

ABNPOPPA said...


I am sure the city is great. It's too bad it sounds like the powers to be lack a little respect for those who give them the opportunity to live free and run for an office.

Columbus does the same thing. Cut something important but by golly were going give ourselves a pay raise and don't forget we have to hire uncle Jimmy's boy, since he can't get a job anywhere else.

Having said that, I don't claim Columbus as my hometown. I prefer Circleville, founded with prehistoric Native American earthworks.