Date of release: August 4, 2017
Mayor Brandi Harless has announced that a meeting scheduled for August 8 at the Parks Services Office to discuss the recent resolution concerning the Veterans Day Parade has been cancelled. The meeting had been organized following a recent visit from the Sons of the Confederacy to the City Commission, during which the group asked the City for clarification on its future participation in the City parade.
Mayor Harless says, "While the Veterans Day Parade was originally initiated by a Committee of local Veterans, the Parade is very much an event conducted by the City."
"Both the Veterans Day Committee and the City Commission recently passed Resolutions affirming the purpose of the Parade, and I believe that it continues to make sense to value the position of Veterans on defining that purpose."
"Furthermore, we will not disrespect the celebration of Emancipation by hosting a meeting such as this on August 8."
A letter was sent from the City to the local Sons of the Confederacy representative stating that entry into the Parade is limited to those participants that symbolize the Armed Forces of the United States of America.
The Mayor’s Office is organizing a meeting with both groups for the purpose of offering further dialogue on that issue. “If necessary, we will bring this back up for discussion in a City Commission meeting.”