When reading the Letters to the Editor section of the paper, I was made aware in Kathy Dais’ letter, “Tradition should hold worth in graduations,” that our graduating students, after attending the Lodi school system for 12 years, have to leave Lodi to graduate in Stockton. What’s wrong with this? Why are we paying revenue for a place in Stockton when Lodi can use it? Stockton has nothing to do with our school system here.
I graduated, along with 29 first cousins and 15 aunts and uncles, in Lodi. What has changed in the graduating of classes from 1920s to now?
Millions of dollars were spent to upgrade the Grape Bowl so that graduations and events could be held there. Why aren’t they? If it is not going to be used for what is traditionally the biggest event of the year, then how do we recoup any of the money spent on it for the Lodi economy?
Traditions are slowly being removed from what made Lodi lovable; taking the “small-town feeling” out just makes it like any other town in America. The traditions that have been here for over 50 years that I am referring to include: The Grape Festival Kiddie Parade on Saturday and the Big Grape Parade on Sunday, junior flower girls carrying flowers for all the graduating senior girls, graduation at the Grape Bowl and finally boat races on the Fourth of July at Lodi Lake. Lasting memories are made with traditions. I would love to see all of the above back in effect.
I am not alone in how important these traditions are. More than 5,500 Facebook members voice daily their wonderful memories of growing up with these traditions, and that’s why they will always call Lodi “livable” and “lovable.” We cannot effect change unless we speak up for what is right.