"It is unfortunate and disappointing that the McLean County Democrats participating in the parade attempted to further their political agenda during this parade rather than simply pay respect to those who died serving our country."
These are Ms. Henrichs' words in her letter to the editor of June 1. Her words are not a "cheap partisan hit on the McLean Democrats" as Mr. Koutsky writes in his letter of June 11, but rather a necessary admonition to anyone who violates the solemnity of the Memorial Day observances.
Regardless of all the good the Democratic Party did on Memorial Day, those responsible for decorating the float with signs of "bring home the troops" should have known that to do so was the making of a political statement - the furtherance of a political agenda - out of place in a Memorial Day parade. It was just as out of place as an anti-war demonstrator at the funeral of a fallen soldier.
Ms. Henrichs is not taking issue with the Democrats marching in the parade, nor did she "look past the fact that the local Republican Party marched only a few slots behind the Democrats" as Mr. Koutsky writes. Had the Republican Party (or anyone else for that matter) decorated their float with signs exhorting to "stay the course" or something similar, that, too, would have been improper.
"Honor the fallen and support those who serve" should be the only agenda items on Memorial Day.