MSP leads the "Convoy"
AFD Engine 1 greets "Veterans Welcome Home Convoy"
10 minutes later convoy hits Hadley town center
Ten years ago when I organized a "Support The Troops" rally in town center, soon after the 2nd War In Iraq started, I feared a scant turnout. This is after all Amherst, where only the h is silent and anti-war sentiment is voiced loudly and often. But that day I could not have been more wrong.
So why such a different result yesterday, especially since we went on to depose a monster and "win" the war? Are Iraq and Afghanistan going to become the "Korea" or "Viet Nam" of American conflicts, where the resulting efforts were for too long a time period considered futile ... best not brought up in polite conversation?
I hope not ...
#####Shortly after the convoy came through, eight college aged youth made a grand entrance near the busy downtown Farmers Market carrying a large construction pipe on their shoulders with "Thank You TD Bank" emblazoned on both sides.
I just thought they were an athletic team publicly thanking TD Bank for sponsorship until a half hour later I heard Dispatch mention to patrol cars in the field to check out a small group of "protesters" hassling TD Bank customers about "oil."
So the kids may want to work on their presentation next time.
Or they could change ad copy to "Thank You Veterans" for protecting our most solemn right as an American: The First Amendment. Oorah!