Re: American Legion Post 24 cancels Bethany Beach Memorial Day Service
This is a prime example of mindless hissy fitting in action. The town has a right to impose a fee for using the bandstand. From what I've been able to find out, there has been some abuse regarding such uses, though none are attributed to the American Legion Post. And, while it's true that what this Post has done each Memorial Day has been honorable for the town and a tremendous recognition for those having died preserving our way of life, it's beside the point because no one was disputing it.
Originally Posted by Chase
I'm assuming here that the Town will be charging all parties requesting the use of Town facilities the same fee under the same expressed caveats. But, again from what I've read, the Town did not list any other potential expenses for the Post.
No one is going to convince me that any ONE member of this Post could not have put up the $25. And, it's certainly a sure bet that they could have called for a collection and had $25 in less than 5-minutes. But, I suspect that this was not the point for the Post's Commander.
He didn't like being told his organization would need a permit with a $25 fee attached. So, he threw a temper tantrum, took his ball and went somewhere else. Of course, he had a right to do what he did. Personally, I think it makes him look like a self-centered ego-maniacal jerk.
I'm just NOW reading this and I wouldn't have read at this point had I not seen a response from Chase. Had I known about it before the fact, I'd have gladly donated $25 to pay for the permit.
Even if the pessimists are right, in the end, the optimists will have had a much more enjoyable trip through life.