New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio approved a Cannabis Parade last week after denying a military parade for veterans on Memorial Day on Staten Island. The veteran celebration was set to recognize the 30th anniversary for veterans of the Gulf War conflict.
“It’s a slap in the face,” Jamie Gonzalez, 57, a Marine infantryman who saw combat in Iraq during Operation Desert Storm, according to the New York Post.
“For many of us, a parade is a form of closure,” Gonzalez added. “We gather together and support each other.”
Legal action is now under consideration. The veterans’ group has sent a letter to demand approval, noting the double standard of allowing the Cannabis Parade approval.
In addition, over the past year the city has also seen a smaller St. Patrick’s Day Parade, multiple BLM marches and other events.
The veterans’ group estimated as many as 1,000 people would march in the event.
Of course, the veterans’ parade might not be as woke as the city’s numerous Black Lives Matter or other social justice causes, but they don’t seek a permit like the law-abiding veterans. These groups protest and sometimes cause damage to the city while claiming to be “mostly peaceful.”
Something is seriously wrong in our nations when looters and violent activists are given more credibility than our nation’s veterans. One group tears our nation down; the other has dedicated its lives to protecting it.
At least the veterans’ group is now getting media attention. Leaders recently appeared on “Fox & Friends,” where they announced their concern and potential legal action.
“There is a clear double standard being applied,” attorney Brendan Lantry said. “We are just asking the city not to play politics with our veterans.”
He added, “Memorial Day is three weeks away and so if they don’t issue a permit, if they don’t correct course here, we’re going to be bringing in action in Supreme Court, New York state, here in Richmond County in Staten Island, New York to compel them to issue a permit.”
“The same process that was put in place last week for the cannabis parade … should be put in place at least for our veterans,” Lantry added.
United Staten Island Veterans organization member Lee Covino noted on the program, “Every veteran has a different piece of history they can tell you, from the Pearl Harbor guys, who are getting very old at this point, to people that just got back from Iraq and Afghanistan,” he shared.
“So we want those kids to see real-life history, from their borough Staten Island marching down Forest Avenue.”
It is only fitting our nation, and the city of New York, honors its veterans in every way possible. Approving their parade would help.
Our nation’s values are clearly upside down, at least as presented in mainstream media. We don’t need to defund our military and police to increase social justice. What is more important is honoring those who serve our nation. They are the ones who often help maintain justice in our nation.
Update: On Monday, New York reversed course and gave the go ahead for Staten Island’s 102nd annual Memorial Day parade. Veteran group leaders met with Mayor DeBlasio’s staff earlier this week and explained their how hypocritical decision was and also threated legal action and the city relented.