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Letter: No Memorial Day parade? For shame

Adela Elliott of Centereach and her sons, Lucas,

Adela Elliott of Centereach and her sons, Lucas, 3 months, and Nicholas, 5, at the Memorial Day parade along Middle Country Road in Centereach on Sunday afternoon, May 24, 2015. Credit: James Carbone

So the organizer has again canceled Montauk’s Memorial Day parade [“Holiday parade canceled,” News, May 5].

Americans celebrate this day by remembering people who died serving in the country’s armed forces. My grandfather was a World War I chief petty officer, and my father was a Korean War Marine first sergeant. I marched in every Memorial Day parade for 40 years with the Boy Scouts and planted flags on the graves at Calverton National Cemetery. Now more than ever, we need to show our veterans and active-duty personnel how proud we are of their service.

The organizer canceled the parade, but Montauk will still have an art show. This puts Montauk over the top in every narcissistic way.

Michael Connor