War Veterans Protesting in Orlando For All-Star Game Tickets

by February 11, 2012

With All-Star Weekend in Orlando steadily approaching, many fans are getting excited for the big event(s), a group that apparently excludes a bunch of war veterans who have been protesting outside of City Hall and demanding that city officials give up their tickets to the game. MyFoxOrlando has more: “A large crowd of war veterans and their supporters gathered in front of Orlando City Hall on Friday to protest Orlando and Orange County leaders attending the NBA All-Star Game at the Amway Center later this month. They offered a public plea to Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer, Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs and other community leaders, asking that they hand over their tickets to constituents. ‘Their job is to serve the public, not to benefit from the public,’ said Vietnam War veteran Thomas Pastore. A supporter of veterans’ rights, Jordan Montgomery, said giving those who have sacrificed for our county special perks like a coveted All-Star Game ticket is, ‘Just one way that we can thank them for everything they’ve done for us.’ ‘I want them to sacrifice, what they treasure so much right now is those NBA All-Star tickets,’ said Pastore. ‘I want them to sacrifice… understand what it’s about to give these tickets to veterans.’ Mayor Jacobs has said that county leaders went to great lengths to bring the NBA All-Star Game to Orlando and that is was duty to host clients at the game. The mayor’s office also said they are giving 16 tickets to foster children.”