In a shameful exhibition of disdain for America’s war dead, Charlottesville City Government was officially unrepresented at Monday’s Memorial Day Ceremony on the grounds of the Albemarle County Office Building, McIntire Road.

The event, sponsored by Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1847 (headquartered in Charlottesville) is an annual tradition held on this date, at this time and in this location for many years. And annually, invitations are extended to elected members of both Albemarle County and Charlottesville City governments.

Historically, the event has been attended by at least one and often multiple members of Charlottesville City Council in addition to other city government representatives.

This year, however, was different.

Mayor Dave “Norris the Red” Norris: Absent!

Vice-Mayor Holly Edwards: Absent!

Councilor Kristin “Moat Monster” Szakos: Absent!

Councilor David “Marionette” Brown: Absent!

Councilor Satyendra Huja: Absent!

As wreaths were laid, prayers recited, and shots fired to commemorate our nation’s fallen heroes, empty seats behind the speaker’s podium—those reserved for elected officials—spoke volumes of the pompous Progressives who govern Charlottesville.

On November 11, 1946, at the very spot where Monday’s ceremony was held, a plaque was erected by American Legion Post 74, which reads:

In honor of the men and women from the City of Charlottesville and the County of Albemarle who served in the armed forces of our country in World War I and World War II.

How ironic that 64 years later, the selfish Socialists of (the all-Democrat) Charlottesville City Council could find not a single representative to appear for the 40-minute May 31, 2010 Memorial Day Ceremony—not even a City Hall staff designee.

Were they all really that busy?

Perhaps, though, the blame for their absence lies elsewhere. Perhaps there is good reason for a group-boycott of the Charlottesville Memorial Day event by elected Charlottesville Democrats. Perhaps these liberal lemmings—the uncounted councilors—were simply following the leader.

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