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I just finished talking with a friend whom I’ve been working with on getting stuff prepared for Veteran’s Day. He made a comment about Sacramento not having a Veterans Day Parade or any other city observance of the holiday. That peaked my interest and I decided to give the city a call.
I started with the Sacramento Mayor’s office. I asked a simple question: “Can you tell me what the city is doing for Veterans Day.” Immediately, I was transferred to the City Manager’s office. I asked the same question and was transferred to the city’s “Customer Service” department.
I explained who I was and that I was calling to find out what Sacramento is planning for Veterans Day. The gentleman (I’ll protect his name) proceeded to check the calendar. A long, awkward silence permeated the phone line as he performed what seemed like an eternally detailed search of his database. “Oh, here it is. 8-5 pm Veterans Day – Federal Holiday,” he explained. “Oh, that’s just saying that it’s a federal holiday and a day off.” He kept searching. Nothing came up.
While he was searching I told him that it shouldn’t be that hard to find something commemorating the holiday. “Ya’ll do have veterans in Sacramento, don’t you?” I asked. “It’s a Democratic City!” came the response, in a sort of “why would we have veterans here?!” tone. Do Democratic cities not allow veterans within their borders? He then made an innocuous comment that the city got “flack last year for something” related to Veterans Day. The city got flack for recognizing a day meant to honor veterans, I asked. No response. But, they’ll gladly take the day off.
He said he couldn’t find anything but that maybe the City Clerk could help me out and transferred me to their department. “Everyone thinks we know everything,” the attendant responded, obviously frustrated, when I explained how I got routed to her office and what information I was seeking. She proceeded to try and find something, searching the city and state databases. It was obvious to me that nothing was planned.
“It sounds to me,” I noted, “that Sacramento is taking a day off work to celebrate Veterans Day, but isn’t planning anything to actually honor the veterans the day is meant to commemorate. Is that correct?” “This isn’t exactly the right place to ask about that.” I was again transferred.
My next transfer took me back to the Mayor’s office. I explained to the Mayor’s representative that I had come full circle and hadn’t found anything that would lead me to believe that Sacramento cared to honor our troops on a day when they were taking a day off by virtue of their sacrifice. In typical, land of fruits and nuts fashion, she told me, “Well, sir, Veteran’s Day is a federally mandated holiday. We have to take the day off.” Allow me to interpret: “Sir, we don’t care to honor the troops on our own and only celebrate this day because the federal government tells us to.”
Next, she tried to convince me that city government had absolutely no say so in veteran’s parades and that surely I knew that! Veterans organizations like VFW or American Legion plan “those things.” Folks, can you name ONE parade anywhere in which the city doesn’t play a role in a parade happening within its borders? Especially on days like Veterans Day or New Years. She then told me that Sacramento doesn’t have ANY parades at all. Oh, really?
The problem is that Sacramento DOES have parades. There’s the West Sacramento Community Day Parade, an annual Santa Parade, Saint Patrick’s Day Parade, the annual Neighbor’s Fair Parade, and finally, we can’t forget Sacramento’s Pride Parade! Sacramento is more interested in celebrating the homosexual lifestyle than veterans who have fought and continue to fight for this country.
The Mayor’s office bold faced lied to me about these parades. I identified myself as a Soldier and advocate for veteran’s issues and was treated like an idiot thinking I wouldn’t know the difference if I was lied to. I urge you to call the Mayor’s office and demand to know why they REALLY don’t have a Veteran’s Day Parade or ANY recognition of our nation’s troops, but have no problem using the day to take time off from work. You all know who the governor is. The mayor of Sacramento is Heather Fargo. The mayor’s phone number is 916-808-5300.
Please pass this along to everyone you know and link on your blogs! This must be known.