Monday, I attended an event honoring those who have given their lives for their comrades and country. It was Memorial Day and the event was on the Courthouse Square. The event was presented in a respectful manner befitting the occasion; however, there was one factor which detracted from the presentation: noise pollution.
It was difficult to hear the speakers, the choir and various other presentations because of motorcycles, people driving vehicles who seem to think that they should be seen AND heard, and an hourly chiming clock.
During one speaker’s presentation, there was literally a constant racket as a result of the above noise producers. It was an insult to the speaker and disrespectful to the ceremony.
I suggest that you, as mayor, can alleviate this problem by blocking off the streets around the square during the ceremony (I don’t know about the clock). You already cordon off streets for various events during the year, none of which has the significance of the Memorial Day ceremony.
I (along with veterans, Gold Star families and all others who, on this day, honor those who have sacrificed so much) am hoping that you will present and make aware your solution so that such an honorable event will not be diminished in the future.