March 13, 2017, SOUTH BOSTON – There were two, now there is only one veterans organization denied to walk in the Saint Patrick’s Day Parade. Veterans For Peace is still prohibited from walking in the historic parade. “We are thrilled that the OutVets have been allowed to walk in the parade again this year and that the Allied War Veterans Council reversed their earlier misguided decision” stated Pat Scanlon, Special Events Coordinator for Veterans For Peace. “It should be clear to all,” continued Scanlon, “that there is still one veterans organization, veterans who now work for peace, that are still not allowed into the parade this year.”
The drama in South Boston continues. Veterans who have honorably and dutifully served this country, many in time of war, are not allowed in this parade. Veterans who have seen and experienced the horrors of war first hand, who have defended this country, and who now work for peace and peaceful resolution of conflict are being disrespected, and shamefully denied. “This is shameful,” stated Scanlon, “this decision should be reversed by the AWVC and all those, especially politicians, city, state and national leaders, who say they support our veterans should not participate until all veterans are allowed to participate, whether or not they fly a rainbow flag or work for peace.”
Saint Patrick’s Day Parade is not inclusive until all Veterans are included.