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November 15, 2012

City should boost its support of Veterans Day Parade

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Kazarosian and other organizers of the Veterans Day Parade have said they are hopeful more people will start to attend the parade. It’s not an issue of entertainment, but rather of understanding the sacrifices veterans make and acknowledging it. From those who served in the world wars to the fight against terrorism, they have put their lives on the line for our protection.

Some might argue whether particular wars should be fought, whether the U.S. military belongs in certain countries. But service men and women deserve our respect and thanks for what they give.

That includes attending a parade in their honor, even finding ways to make it a bigger event. Haverhill needs creative ways to lure more people to the parade. Maybe invite school and civic groups to enter floats. Have a competition for people to suggest a theme each year. Do what Amesbury has done and have other events such as monthly breakfasts and lunches to honor veterans and link those events to the parade — possibly through a year-long buildup to the march.

The bottom line is John Kazarosian, his fellow veterans and parade organizers deserve more attention from the community.

A little creativity might go a long way toward making it happen.

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