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Munford does things right

I felt compelled to write and respond to the many negative comments posted on social media sites aimed at my city (Munford) upon the announcement that the annual Christmas parade would be canceled due to inclement weather.

Some of the comments on my city’s parks and recreation’s Facebook page about the canceled Christmas parade are ridiculous! I am most upset about the condescending remarks about Munford and its “not caring about children and its citizens.” 

My family and I have been deeply involved with Munford’s Park and Rec programs for almost 20 years. My four sons, their friends, and now my granddaughters participated in, and enjoyed, many of the programs administered by the City of Munford, and I have never seen or heard of a similar sized, or even larger community, offering so many opportunities for recreation, games, athletics, fairs, fireworks shows, concerts, health and exercise, libraries, senior programs, parks and facilities, inclement weather shelters and the list goes on and on! 

The assistance, compassion and support Munford has shown to and for its veterans cannot be overstated. As a combat wounded veteran myself, on my many deployments, I can tell you that knowing my family lived in Munford gave me a peace and comfort to be able to do my job, knowing that my family would be safe and treated with love and Christian compassion in the event anything happened to me, and they were. 

Anyone who stood out in the cold, early morning hours along the streets of downtown Munford in September 2012 and saw the mayor walking up and down the streets all night, updating folks on Marine Corporal Christian Brown’s location or enjoyed the hot coffee and cocoa served at the fire station that night waiting to welcome CB home with a spontaneous display of patriotism and love, or any veteran who has enjoyed having the new veterans center located in Munford will back me up on that! The veterans center did not just “get here” by accident! 

From the guys who mow the grass at the ball fields, to the folks who grill burgers at the concession stands, and serve those kids and families with smiles, to the mayor, this entire Munford administration goes out of its way on a daily basis, and above and beyond, for the betterment and high quality of life in this community! 

As the chairman of the committee that just recently brought the Cost of Freedom Tribute and Traveling Vietnam Wall to Munford, I can attest to the fact that had it not been for the unheralded assistance from mayor Dwayne Cole, city hall staff, the board of alderman, police chief Jim Harger, fire chief Alan Barkelew, the entire public works and parks and recreation staff, that event would not have happened. 

To use a canceled parade as a condemnation of an entire city, its wonderful programs, and caring, professional staff, is ludicrous and ignorant. I am proud to live in, and serve my country, from “My Kind of Town,” Munford.


Randy “Mac” McKee


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