Winter Park’s decision not to invite veterans back was shocking |

Winter Park’s decision not to invite veterans back was shocking

To the Editor:

I was shocked and dismayed to learn that the Winter Park Town Council voted to not invite the Veterans Rally back in 2009, apparently with no explanation as to why that decision was made. Someone suggested to me that perhaps there has not been as much revenue from the event as the town anticipated. If that is the case, then I say shame on you.

There are some things that are far more important than money, and paying respect to the men and women who have served and died for the freedoms that we Americans so often take for granted should be at the top of that list.

The Veterans Rally not only honors veterans from across the United States, but it is an amazing way for us to honor our veterans from right here in Grand County.

There are many veterans here and I am sure that they all look forward to participating in or attending the rally. One in particular, Rich Garner, who is currently serving as a Police Mentor in Afghanistan, planned a trip home around the dates of this year’s rally in order to participate in the Veterans Ride. Are you prepared to tell him and the other veterans who have served our country that their sacrifice isn’t important enough?

If you choose not to reconsider your decision, perhaps the town of Granby should consider taking advantage of the Winter Park Town Council’s poor judgment and invite the rally to be held here. Let’s give our veterans the honor and respect that they so greatly deserve.

Shari Burkhalter


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