I was amazed and very disappointed concerning two events which happened at the Canal Winchester parade on Sept. 2.

To the Editor:

I was amazed and very disappointed concerning two events which happened at the Canal Winchester parade on Sept. 2.

The first was when I discovered the officials had decided to move the veterans and their equipment to the end of the parade. What a show of disrespect. ... Most are in their 80s or 90s and to make them sit in the hot sun for almost three hours shows what these officials think of this group.

In addition, their equipment is very old so it has a tendency to heat up and is very hard to drive in a parade where you are going about two miles an hour. At least if they were toward the front, their equipment would be able to go at a faster pace; plus, the veterans would not have to be out in the hot sun.

The other event is putting all the old cars at the end of the parade behind the veterans. This year, they had around 170 cars. However, when it comes time for the parade, the number of cars is probably between 10 and 25. Because most are standard, they are difficult to drive in a very slow parade because you have to handle the clutch, brake and gas pedal all at the same time.

Again, some official decided not to have the old cars in the front so they could operate at a faster pace and finish early so the car would not heat up.

About 25 cars showed up to drive in the parade and when it was discovered we would be put at the end instead of being in our normal placing toward the front, several left. All the drivers at the parade did sign a letter of complaint which is being delivered to the mayor of Canal Winchester.

It appears to be the intent of the parade officials to run off the old cars and the veterans. Based on all the comments I heard at the staging area, they are well on their way.

Gary Parks
Canal Winchester