The annual Veterans Day parade in Illinois’ capital city has a new rule this year: No politicians, and no campaigning.
The (Springfield) State Journal-Register reports the change is part of an effort to refocus the event on the military men and women who served the country.
Organizers also are banning participants from throwing candy to people lining the streets downtown Springfield.
Sam Montalbano is a parade organizer. He says World War Two veterans “aren’t going to be around much longer” and it’s time to salute them.
Monday’s parade will honor all veterans.
Politicians who served in the military may participate with their veterans groups, but they can’t do any campaigning.
Instead of candy, participants will hand out small American flags.