Memorial Day parade marches through downtown Columbia

Monday, May 30, 2011 | 3:24 p.m. CDT; updated 3:41 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, June 14, 2011
Members of the Boone County Fire District Pipes & Drums help kick off the Memorial Day parade downtown.

COLUMBIA — The 23rd annual Salute to Veterans Parade marched through downtown Columbia on Monday morning, drawing Columbians of all ages. Bagpipers from the Boone County Fire Protection District Pipes & Drums and members of the Hickman High School Marching Band showcased their musical talents, and fire fighters gave children the opportunity to take a look inside fire trucks.



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Mike Bellman May 30, 2011 | 10:34 p.m.

We've attended many of these parades over the years. This one was definitely different than many. I suspect the parade organizers changed the rules after last year's float accident. (Nov 20, 2010)

Nothing was thrown or tossed or handed out at all. (fliers, candy, tshirts, balls, flags, etc...)

There were no walkers along any motorized vehicles.
about 85% of the parade consisted of classic cars with veterans. the rest, Shriners & other service orgs.
with little exception were there ANY church groups, scouts, mommy or daddy groups, political orgs.

Was anyone in the media given the heads up about these changes?

not complaining just a little different.

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Mike Rowson May 31, 2011 | 6:07 a.m.

The Salute to Veterans parade hasn't had candy thrown, at least in its early years. I hadn't been in the last few years but know that founder Mary Posner wanted this parade to be about the veterans, not candy distribution. She recognized the danger to children scrambling for the candy as well. What we noticed was the presence of certain organizations, Knights of Columbus for one, that were allowed, but that those representing Confederate soldiers were not allowed-interesting.

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Mike Bellman June 1, 2011 | 1:18 a.m.

In years past, there have been t-shirts, American Flags, fliers for the air-show, key chains, balls, coupons and others. I wasn't trying to focus on just the candy, but it doesn't hurt when you want your tot to sit and wait respectfully.

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