Letter to the editor: Local veteran was treated very well at parade

For the past several years, I have celebrated Memorial Day by driving veteran Robert “Buster” Weller in the Middlebury parade. This outing is only possible with the assistance of many individuals who volunteer materials, time and effort. The staff of Helen Porter prepare decorations and get Buster up and ready extra early on parade day. Champlain Valley Equipment has very generously loaned us an ATV each year to decorate and drive in the parade. Buster and I are treated mid parade to doughnuts and coffee compliments of Middlebury Eye Associates.
Buster is filled with intense joy as we pass along the parade route with neighbors waving Hello and calling him name. It is the best day of the year for Buster, and because of the joy I experience with him, it is a pretty special day for me as well.  I am honored to live in a community that comes together in such a meaningful way. My deepest gratitude to all.
Diana Barnard

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