He was a no-show, although I don’t think anyone in our town would have desecrated the memory of the dead by booing a live politician; plenty of opportunity for that on other days.
But on that subject, was it appropriate for one marcher to solicit support for the rebuilding of the Old Greenwich Civic Center? It’s a worthwhile cause, but I think it dilutes the point of the ceremony, no? I don’t know – as far back as I remember, people have raised money for the Fourth of July fireworks by marching along with the paraders, and I never thought that wrong, but I guess I’m more sensitive now, in this time of war. I don’t question the person’s good intentions and I wouldn’t say that she demeaned the dead, but I’d hate to see the parade degenerate into a long grey line of fund-raisers.