We greatly enjoy the Veterans Day Parade each year in downtown Merced. However it is disheartening not to hear patriotic music! There are wonderful songs representing each branch of the military, yet we hear not even one example of a march by John Philip Sousa. There was a time in the past when music was played throughout the entire parade route; sadly, that is no longer the case. We ask that bands and organizations return to the inspiring example set by the late, great Dr. Robert Harvey.
LYNNE A. MERIDITH