To the Editor:
We decided to go to the Crystal Lake Memorial Day parade. We skipped the parade and went directly to the memorial services at Union Cemetery. There was a large group of people, perhaps 500, maybe more.
I look at Memorial Day as a solemn event, honoring those who died in military conflicts. What I saw was confusing. Police and fire personnel waved from their vehicles, Harley riders did the same, and tooting their horns and sounding a siren into the cemetery. Pardon me, but this was not about you.
After the opening and closing prayer, the spectators applauded, and in the most solemn part of the service, “Taps” was played. Again, followed by applause. To top it off, we had two Crystal Lake village drunks staggering around and talking throughout the service. Both drunk before 11:30 a.m.
The village drunks did their antics while they stood in front of the VFW members, blocking their view of the events. They were told twice to be quiet and to move.
I have lost faith in our society in regard to Memorial Day events and social etiquette.
There are those who showed respect and performed with great dignity. Thank you, city officials; behind-the-scenes workers; Voices of Harmony; Veterans of Foreign Wars 12014; American Legion Post 171; the Lions Club; Boy Scouts; Cub Scouts; Girl Scouts; marching bands from Crystal Lake Central High School, Crystal Lake South High School and Prairie Ridge High School; pastor; and key speakers.