I'm a born and raised local of an Army retiree and war veteran. I myself have raised three children here in Leavenworth, one of which is a second-year JROTC cadet.

To the editor:
I'm a born and raised local of an Army retiree and war veteran. I myself have raised three children here in Leavenworth, one of which is a second-year JROTC cadet.

I am proud of my hometown and have so many great memories here. I was amazed by the FreedomFest turnout.

What I'm confused/offended by is that the shops at the downtown Landing Mall had "No Parking" signs in front of all their shops during the parade Monday. Why would they do this? I know these local businesses need revitalization and customers. I sure hope they have an explanation or they've lost me for sure.