Showing The Colors

I don’t know how other recreation departments involve themselves in patriotic matters. I’m sure that, because I am a retired Marine, the city manager is retired Air Force (as was his predecessor), and the current mayor is retired Army, much support is given.

I would like to hear from readers how other recreation departments handle patriotic special events.There really isn’t a “right” way, and it probably varies greatly from place to place. Are the events driven by who is in charge? Or, should recreation departments be the catalyst to form a patriotic corps if no other organization steps forward to coordinate such an effort? E-mail or call me or PRB, and share your experiences and opinions.

Randy Gaddo, a retired Marine, is Director of Leisure Services (parks, recreation, library) in Peachtree City, Ga. Contact him at (770) 631-2542 or e-mail

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One comment on “Showing The Colors

  1. Barb Burkholder on said:

    In Dublin, Ohio, we have a parade and a wreath-throwing ceremony, along with a military ceremony at the Dublin Cemetery. The event is run by the local American Legion and VFW and other military organizations with strong support from our City. Our former City Manager was in the Coast Guard and our current Economic Development Director just became a Brigadier General! We have a Memorial Day Commemoration at the Grounds of Remembrance in Dublin Veterans Park. They have a complimentary picnic lunch near the Dublin Library.
    We have a huge Independence Day Celebration on the 4th of July. For all of the festivities, go to or our parks and rec brochure online at and go to the Parks and Rec brochure. The events are listed on page 77.

    Barb Burkholder

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