LEOMINSTER, Mass. — A Marine Corps colonel has apologized for his band's refusal to march because of rain in a parade last month honoring the 200th anniversary of the Constitution.
"Looking at it in retrospect, it was not the best decision," Col. R. C. McInteer, chief of staff at the Parris Island, S.C., Marine base, wrote. "The band could, and in my opinion should, have marched in the parade."
The letter, dated Oct. 7, was sent to the parade chairman, Victor W. Leger, who was on vacation this week and could not be reached for comment, his secretary said today.
Leger had written the base commanding officer complaining that the band had refused to march in a Sept. 20 parade to honor the 200th anniversary of the Constitution. The parade was sponsored by the cities of Leominster, Fitchburg and Gardner.