Memorial Day

Letters to the Editor – June 4, 2009

June 4, 2009 // 0 Comments

What’s wrong with this picture? Dear Editor On May 25 I heard a small plane overhead as I was in my front yard. I looked up and the plane was towing a banner behind it. It circled the City several times, as the parade was forming. The banner was advertising Fox Motor sales in Grand Rapids. I am under the impression this dealership is owned by a member of the DeVos Family (Amway). Evidently making money is more important to them than the true meaning of Memorial Day. Nancy Simonis, Rockford        Dogs in City parks Dear Editor, Readers of the Letters to the Editor section in the Thursday, May 21, 2009 edition of The Rockford Squire might have erroneously been led to believe that dogs are banned from Rockford City parks.  The writer of the letter encourages the Rockford City Council to reconsider and overturn a “no dogs” ruling at the Rockford Farm Market and City parks.  While it is true that dogs are not allowed at the Rockford Farm Market it is not true that dogs are banned from the City’s fine and extensive parklands.    For numerous reasons-most importantly public health, safety, and liability issues-the Rockford City Council, after due deliberation and open debate, wisely chose to ban dogs from the Rockford Farm Market. Overwhelmingly Market attendees understand and accept the rationale for for the City Council ruling.  In closing, dogs have never been banned from Rockford City parks.  The only requirement for dogs in parks is that they must be on leash.  An unspoken, socially correct requirement is that dog owners clean up after their pets if necessary. Nancy Fahner Rockford Resident

Rockford remembered our heroes Monday

May 29, 2009 // 0 Comments

Rockford joined the country remembering our fallen heroes on  Memorial Day, Monday, May 25.  Many celebrations include arts and craft booths, entertainment, pig roasts, and parades with lavish floats. In contrast, Rockford’s traditional Memorial Day celebration, sponsored by American Legion Post 102, focused on the true purpose of the holiday-to honor the men and women who have given their lives to defend our freedom. As City Manager, Michael Young said in his remarks at the City Cemetery as part of today’s events, this is not a day meant to mark the start of summer, to open the pool or the summer cottage, or when our biggest decision is what to cook on the grill. It is day when we take time to remember.  It is a day when we stop to honor those who have paid the ultimate price to serve our country.   We will have our opportunity to celebrate the pleasures of our lives in a few weeks during our annual Start of Summer Festival.  We will stuff ourselves at food booths, wander through arts and craft booths, watch our children gather candy thrown from floats of every imaginable type along our parade route, and shout out the obligatory oooh’s and aahhh’s during the fireworks displays.   But today is not a time for that in Rockford. Memorial Day in Rockford is marked more reverently. This year, as in the past, a modest parade featuring veterans, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, and the Rockford High School Band proceeded along Main Street.  It stopped between Courtland and Bridge Streets for the playing of the National Anthem, a prayer, and some comments honoring heroes from the area and elsewhere. The parade then proceeded through town to the City Cemetery where a simple ceremony included Star Spangled Banner played by the junior high band, a prayer, comments from Michael Young, and a 21-gun salute.  Red and white carnations were then placed on veterans’ graves, after which the solemn sound of Taps was heard echoing from the distance.  Memorial Day was first celebrated in the 1860’s as a day set aside to decorate the graves of fallen Civil War soldiers.  In fact, it was originally known as Decoration Day for that reason. Over the years, its meaning evolved to include […]

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