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Memorial Day program good, BUT…

May 31, 2012
The Journal

To the editor:

Memorial Day in New Ulm - it's definitely not just for mattress sales or huge car sales. Around our fair city it's what it should be for honoring the fallen whether it was from military causes or natural, we honor all our dead. This year's program at the cemetery was very good. The weather was perfect and the turnout from my point on the hill was very good - maybe around 350-400 people or more. Now comes the word "but:"

l. Would it be possible to trim the trees and lilac bushes around where the presentation is, because for those of us who sit on the hill, you can't see what's going on?

2. Why aren't there any portable restrooms set up somewhere?

3. New Ulm, a city that loves to put in sidewalks, can't you install along the top of the hill by the road some kind of sidewalk for people with walkers and wheelchairs since the seating along the runway is so limited?

4. It would be nice to hear the Concord Singers singing along with the City Band instead of acting like two separate groups.

5. Why doesn't our N.U.P.D. Auxiliary help with the traffic when it's done?

As an aside, your sound system this year was the best it has been in years. New Ulm has a first rate program and these little suggestions will help it go over the top. Our fair city is very loyal to their veterans the way I see it. Young and old attend your function and right now might be a chance for the city to pay all these groups back such as the VFW, Legion, DAV, Prairieland Defenders, others. The KMart building will soon be empty due to economic times, so what if that building was purchased by the city for a combined servicemen's center? Rooms for meetings, lunches, weddings, dances? Plenty of parking for gatherings of all sizes. If the City/County bought this building and with donations from citizens, groups, industries, it could happen and if this building didn't work, as long as the city is going to own the Mall soon due to utility bills, wouldn't the Mall work for a servicemen's center? But then what do I know as I was told once, I'm only a high school graduate who doesn't speak in high dollar words, only a dreamer.

Rick Howk

New Ulm



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