As a uniformed Afghanistan Veteran with the United States Marine Corps entered a local business in Memorial Plaza to use the restroom, he was ungraciously charged a fee of $2.00 to use their facility. Does it get any more un American than that? Not honoring our military on Memorial Day? What kind of business owners do we have here and do we need them? Immediately, a sign was placed in the store’s window stating the $2 fee to use the restroom and a shouting match ensued over the outrageous demand from the store owner. There isn’t a question of total disrespect to our military and community members attending the plaza ceremony. Uninvolved with Memorial Day services altogether, business owners of this particular Greek pizzeria, Greco Pizza have been continuously disgruntled over use of their restaurant during the last few Memorial Day services. Last year, store owners were furious over the American Flag being hung in front of their store and felt it necessary to complain to organizers about it (pictured above). During that ceremony, I myself went into the store when someone passed out to purchase bottled water because I noticed people overheating and the owner had the nerve to charge me $30.00 for a case of water. As I handed the money over the counter, my heart sank because he was fully aware of the circumstances under which I needed the water. I gave this business the benefit of the doubt not putting a story up last year but after this incident, the gloves are off. Do not disrespect our true patriots, our military and do not mess with anyone who has the power to let the public know about it. If these are the true colors of this business, I am here to say that my colors, are Red, White and Blue.
Memorial Plaza sets the stage for a dignified and honorable Memorial Day Ceremony paying tribute and admiration to Veterans past and present. Nothing should ever take away from that being the focus of Memorial day. Hundreds of people in New Rochelle are involved and put a tremendous amount of time, money and effort into honoring our Veterans. Any business who doesn’t appreciate what we do as a community, can take their business elsewhere because we don’t need people like that in our city.
Photo credit Jen Parente