'Shame on you': Williamson Co. sheriff responds to Adler skipping Veterans Day parade

Austin Mayor Steve Adler said he would not participate in the parade because groups plan to display the Confederate flag.

AUSTIN - After Mayor Steve Adler announced Thursday he will not attend Austin's Veterans Day parade if the Confederate flag is present, Williamson County's sheriff has taken to Twitter to show his disapproval.

Adler released a statement that he will not go to Saturday's parade because he said he not believe it is appropriate for such flags to be in parades. Instead, Adler said he will honor veterans on Veterans Day weekend by volunteering at the Central Texas Food Bank, which he said serves a large number of the local veteran community.

"Symbols of racism, Civil War secession, and white supremacy should not be forgotten or erased, but they need to be remembered and studied in museums and classrooms not cheered and applauded in parades," Adler said in a statement.

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The day after Adler made this announcement, Williamson County Sheriff Robert Chody had a few choice words to say.

Chody tweeted Friday, "Shame on you @MayorAdler! As a veteran I'm offended you would allow a small group dictate the true meaning of the intent of the parade. Honor the majority of those who served our great country by marching. Please reconsider!"

 

 

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