Veterans group denied participation in Memorial Day parade

By KBJR News 1

May 21, 2014 Updated May 21, 2014 at 9:39 PM CST

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- Organizers of Duluth's annual Memorial Day Parade tell us they do not want to have protesters and people with political agendas take part in their parade.

They feel it might take away from honoring those we've lost.

Veterans for Peace says it has been denied the right to participate this year, though the group has had a spot in the parade in the past.

The group focuses on the costs and causes of war in an effort to end current and future wars and bring peace.

"They don't like our message, it's a little bit too political. They're trying not to have a political parade and so they've decided to not have us in the parade," said President of the Duluth Chapter of Veterans for Peace, Philip Anderson.

The group will be holding its own Memorial Day presentation on Lake Place Plaza in Duluth after the parade.