Post and Courier reported that a group of Veterans dropped out of the Charleston SC Veterans Day Parade on Sunday because the procession was led by motorcycles instead of the military honor guard.
In the report, a former Army sergeant said he doesn’t think the motorcycles are “dignified” enough.
“I don’t think that’s the image we want,” said Stephen Riggs of West Ashley, a former Army sergeant who had planned to drive a 1942 Ford Army Jeep pulling a 37 mm antitank gun.
“Military uniforms should lead the Veterans Day parade,” he said Monday. “What is it we’re trying to show? Would I want my grandkids at that parade to see guys in leather and ponytails with flags waving off the back? It is a dignity issue.”
According to the report, motorcycles have led the parade for the past 3 years and organizers say the group provides a meal at the end so it’s natural they be given a head start.
According to parade organizers, the procession met the required protocol which dictates that an American flag lead the parade.
The flag was carried by Jim Shumard of Summerville, a retired Air Force colonel with the Charleston chapter of the Star Riders, who rode out front on his Yamaha Road Star.