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Residents Upset Over Canceled Memorial Day Parade

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LANSING MICH. (WLNS) -  For the first time in nearly 50 years-- Lansing honors the Memorial Day holiday without a downtown parade.

 Veterans and residents alike did however meet at the Evergreen Cemetery for another annual celebration.

But some people don’t think that isn’t enough to commemorate our soldiers.

The parade was canceled recently because six people signed up to participate...versus 17 last year.

“To have a few participants, a very tiny parade, really doesn't speak to the love and admiration, the respect that we hold for those that paid the ultimate price,” said Mayor Virg Benero of Lansing.

“Not one of us wanted to disturb people’s emotions about Memorial Day,” said Alfreda Schmidt, chair of Memorial Day Parade Committee. “We wanted to enhance them.”

Organizers say that this year’s event was successful even without the parade, but some residents think otherwise.

 “There should be a parade, and that parade should inform people what their history is,” said Rhonda Fuller, resident of Lansing and former air force veteran.

Fuller adds that she is disappointed the committee canceled it even with few people signed up.

“People should be out recognizing, acknowledging, thanking, all of those veterans who have served from the Revolutionary War up until Afghanistan who died,” said Fuller.

Whether residents wanted a parade or not, the meaning of the holiday doesn't change. Remembering those who paid the ultimate sacrifice.

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