To the Editor:
The behavior by many of my fellow citizens attending the Independence Day Parade in Downers Grove was appalling. Unfortunately, it was not shocking. July 4 is a day to remember and explain the origin of America, not post pictures on social media of children holding empty bags standing along the parade route waiting for free candy. The parents are to blame. Not only did they allow their children to stampede into the street for the goods, they encouraged it by yelling “candy,” “over here” and “I need some.”
The politicians were there not to speak of the Declaration of Independence but be seen by the electorate in order to keep their taxpayer funded jobs. “Here I am. Vote for me, here is some free stuff, now I need to get to the next campaign stop.” Disgusting.
The organizers of the parade should be ashamed of their performance as well. It’s a birthday party, shouldn’t we show some respect and at least sing “Happy Birthday”? Shouldn’t there be some sort of recognition of the Declaration of Independence or float or two dedicated to possibly the most iconic picture in American history; Washington crossing the Delaware? Maybe a Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, Sam Adams, Patrick Henry reading the words that gave birth to our nation. This should be an educational and patriotic afternoon. This is a perfect opportunity for adults and children to learn what our founding fathers were willing to sacrifice in order to be “free and independent states.”
Many of the citizens of Downers Grove wore the right colors but showed their true colors. I hope next year’s parade directors and attendees realize how fragile our freedoms are because if we don’t, we will not sing “Happy Birthday” to America much longer.