Letter: Montpelier's bad call on Battle Day cannon

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To the Editor:

At the Friends of the Bennington Battle Monument annual meeting on April 24, the manager of the Monument announced that a cannon can no longer be used to start the 5K race, which is part of Battle Day festivities. The Friends were told that the Vermont Historic Sites administrator in Montpelier made the ruling after someone had complained about the noise. When asked who made the complaint, the manager said that she was prohibited from discussing it.

Ever since the Battle of Bennington, its anniversary has been celebrated with noise. Noise creates excitement. It's part of the fun.

Would the Historic Sites administrator ban (if she could) the town's fireworks, SVC's fireworks, Colgate Park's fireworks, parades, or other noisy outdoor events?

Why was a gag order put on the Battle Monument's manager? Why was one person's complaint and a ruling made by the Historic Sites administrator done in secrecy? Why was a ruling made without first consulting with the Friends of the Battle Monument, who put on the 5K race?

Bennington Battle Day is a state holiday, which Bennington enjoys celebrating exuberantly. Perhaps the Vermont Historic Sites administrator has no empathy for that.

Charles Dewey,




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