Crestview schedules all Veterans Day festivities on actual holiday

Published: Tuesday, May 14, 2013 at 05:19 PM.

Police Chief Tony Taylor said his department would also experience an impact because auxiliary officers who generally work during downtown parades may be unable to leave their full-time jobs, requiring full-time officers to take their place.

Veteran Fletcher Williams Jr., who has organized previous Veterans Day parades for the city, cautioned against the change.

"I understand the desire to have everything on one day," Williams said. "The problem is, the parade is more for the citizens to recognize the veterans and not the other way around. Not everyone is off on Veterans Day."

City Councilman Shannon Hayes, however, said honoring the city's veterans is more important than budgetary impacts.

"What is more important: Veterans who have given their lives or a dollar bill?" Hayes said.

Contact News Bulletin Staff Writer Brian Hughes at 850-682-6524 or Follow him on Twitter @cnbBrian.

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