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Anthony Smedile

The third annual Atlantic City Salutes America’s Armed Forces Parade was a tremendous success. It drew the largest crowd to date.

Spectators paid their respects to those in the armed forces today as well as those who served in the past. You could tell those marching in the parade were pleased with the positive comments from the crowd. It seemed that they stood up taller, with their chests out, enjoying every moment of the crowd’s accolades.

Those who put the parade together can be very proud of their accomplishment. Every one of them worked diligently to make sure it would be the success it was. It was a team that followed the plan they had set forth. They do not seek recognition, as the manner in which the parade was conducted provided them with the satisfaction of a job well done.  

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Sixty members of the New Jersey State Police appeared for the first time and the crowds cheered them vociferously as they did the delegations from all the armed forces participants, the local New Jersey National Guards and the various veterans units that sent representation. The flyby of the aircraft and helicopter provided an excellent manner of kicking off the parade. It also served to let people know the Atlantic City Air Show would be on its way.

We are grateful for the participation of the Atlantic City Police Department, their emergency management leadership and all others who were involved in providing the safety and assistance in making the parade a safe and successful one.

All of the professional musical organizations, the four high school bands and the vocal groups showed why they were selected to be in the parade. Their performances and the selection of songs kept the crowd entertained. At the stage in front of the Boardwalk Hall, Doreen Taylor, a professional, charming vocalist, sang the national anthem in a manner that thrilled those in that area. The resounding applause at the conclusion of her song let her know they appreciated her performance.

It was most gratifying to hear comments from people as they walked by and said thanks for bringing this parade to Atlantic City. These comments were accepted on behalf of all of those who helped to make it the success it was. It will also serve well for those who will be planning next year's event

Donations from concerned local citizens paid for the parade over the past two years. They did not seek recognition but only the satisfaction of knowing they helped to get it started. The parade committee is most grateful to the Atlantic City Alliance, who became the sponsor this year and, hopefully, in the years to come. They not only provided funds but also included the parade in most of their advertising.

The committee would also like to extend its appreciation to the newspapers, radio and television station’s news programs that sought out interviews about the parade. They were responsible, in part, for the large crowd in attendance. Longport Media’s WOND 1400AM broadcasting of the parade was well done and will help to bring more people to view the parade in person next year.

Paoli story reaches Siena, Italy

On Monday, the Assembly unanimously approved a law that would permit horse racing to be held two times a year on the Atlantic City beach. It also allows any of New Jersey's racetracks to run the operation for wagering on those races. The concept for the races came from Il Paoli in Siena, Italy, which has had the races for the past 700 years.

News of this program in Atlantic City was printed in papers around the world and became known to a reporter by a newspaper writer in Siena. He sent an email to John Amodeo, an Atlantic County’s assemblyman whose name is on the bill as a sponsor. The reporter said that at first he was concerned about the manner in which the race would be held and that it might denigrate the one in in Italy. He later learned that it would enhance the races in Siena.

The reporter went on to state that Bruno Valentini, the mayor of Siena, expressed the desire to come to Atlantic City for the race. Assemblyman Amodeo said he felt this would be an excellent idea and urged that he do so. It would be nice for the Atlantic City Alliance, the sponsors of this event, to invite the mayor to come here as the guests of this promotion. Hopefully, they will do so.

The races will be held on Columbus Day weekend, Friday, Oct. 11 and Sunday, Oct. 13. Would it be nice to have a major Columbus Day Parade on Saturday afternoon, Oct. 12? It would also be nice to have a fireworks display on Saturday evening.

One further program might be to contact an Italian airline to set up a direct flight from Siena to Atlantic City for the Paoli on Columbus weekend. In turn, it would be a great idea to have a direct flight from Atlantic City to Siena the next time the Paoli is runs in that community. I sincerely believe that there would be people in our community who would love to make that trip. It's worth an effort

Sequestering costs government money

In talking with Gordon Bowman Jones, the voice of the Atlantic City Air Show as well as major airshows around the world, I learned how the federal sequestration cost charities and the United States government money. It wasn't hard for me to fathom this, once it was explained.

Gordon stated that the participation of the American military aircraft in airshows around the nation cost the government approximately a little over $40 million. However, those who run the airshows come up with the sum of over $2 billion from their events. Most of the money that is garnered from the shows is used for charitable organizations. A portion goes to the government for varied taxes. Does this situation make sense? Not to this corner.

The more one hears about sequestering, questions are raised about how it is hurting those in the armed forces. Many have had their salaries cut as well as having to pay for things like food in certain areas around the world. Training programs have been curtailed and many who are outstanding armed forces personnel are being released from their positions. The selective sequestering programs needs to have congressional oversight.

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