Like so many other events in our community during this pandemic, the 2020 Veterans Day parade was cancelled in an attempt to stop the spread of the Coronavirus.
The parade is a pleasant way to start a Saturday during a beautiful time of the year in downtown Orlando. The city didn’t get a chance to salute our bravest during these trying times when many of them are out looking for work and trying to make ends meet.
But instead of pushing the $4,000 for the parade to next year, or even worse, spending it on something else. Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer and the City of Orlando are going to use those funds to feed about 300 families according to their count.
It will make a big difference.
Food in kitchens frees up money in wallets. Money that can be used for rent, utilities, prescriptions, and maybe even a gift for a child around the holidays. Every little bit helps.
The Mayor and City Of Orlando, will do a lot of things we won’t agree with this year and for years to come but it’s important to point out when they do something right.
As a veteran myself who’s had his share of struggles in the area, it’s good to see the attempts to go keep trying and overcome the obstacles to help our brothers and sisters who have risked their lives in defending freedom around the world.
Here is hoping next year, our community is safer and healthier and we can gather once again to watch the parade roll down Rosalind Ave and honor Orlando’s veterans.