Well over 200 people walked the Port Orange bridge this past Saturday evening to show their support for America’s veterans serving in Afghanistan. The Port Orange walkers were joined by similar groups in Ormond, Daytona and Flagler as part of a two-county event organized by Debbie Kruck of the Ormond Strong group.
The local contingent was spearheaded by former City Manager Ken Parker. Other Port Orange notables in attendance included the current City Manager, several City Councilmen, and Mayor Allen Green (shown here walking with Billie Wheeler, candidate for County Council). I think it’s fair to say that every one there felt good about their participation and were honored to show support for our servicemen.
That is why it was especially distressing to read the following Facebook comment by Sonia Laney about politicians exercising their First Amendment rights at the bridge. Those very rights, Ms Laney, for which our soldiers are fighting in Afghanistan.
October 24 at 7:19pm
Tonight lots of folks got together to honor the military by walking the bridge. The outpouring of public support was amazing. What a great event!! For the folks who chose to wear political shirts soliciting support or votes, thank you for reminding me of what respecting our Armed Forces, their sacrifice, and their families sacrifice means to you. I know who not to vote for despite your platform. Because at the end of the day, every life sacrificed matters to me and I want to support leaders who have the good taste to put others first and their campaign on hold out of respect for these men and women whom you have never met and gave you the freedom to live in a democratic society.
It’s pretty obvious why you were given the nickname “Low Blow Laney” in your unsuccessful run for Port Orange City Council in 2014. Is this underhanded attack on good people doing good deeds a precursor of more to come?