In Reply to: re: ATTENTION - CALL TO ARMS posted by Cornwallis on August 18, 2013 at 12:28:59:
The main problem today was trying to beat your way through the crowd and covering your ears from the deafening noise of gunfire!
The begrudgers will always be with us - no more than the poor - but at least we can do something about poverty.
as for the 'what expense' if you were there you will see the significant number of private companies that supported the event - (in times of recession,etc,). Plus the pikes and uniforms, etc., invested in will be available in future - those pikes lacked blood and dirt - way too clean - a few years down the line they will be closer to real 1798 pikes. This was a million times better than a St.Patricks Day Parade. (And that's not just because the weather in mid-August is better than mid March.)