As a Navy veteran, this past Fourth of July parade was a bit disappointing because the Color Guard with colors waited for nearly 30 minutes at Goold and Main streets before taking their positions for the parade. Ahead of them were a long line of emergency vehicles followed by various farm tractors.
July Fourth and Memorial Day are special patriotic days and should reflect that theme to set the tone with the Honor Color Guard at the head of the parade.
Proper protocol dictates that the Honor Guard with colors should always be first in a patriotic parade, followed by a marching band. The Fourth of July is our country's birthday and her flag should be in its proper place in a parade at the head of the line. Also, military floats and displays should be next, followed by the tractors, emergency vehicles and politicians in their respective order.
Hopefully, next year's parade reflects this respect of our flag and military.