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I don't know who was interviewed for this story, but I was one of the people in the VERY long line at the mall to catch a shuttle. The directions were to arrive at the mall between 7:30 and 8:45am in order to arrive at the port on time for the ceremony. Well, I was there by 7:45 at the latest and had to STAND (along with many elderly people who probably were not happy about this either) for over 2 hours just to get on a bus. Not only did the police make everyone in the second half of the mall line WALK down Independence to First Baptist Church after they had already been waiting an hour only to lost their place in line, but by the time they got everyone to the port (which was about 10:15am not before 10) the ceremony had already started and there was NO seating available anymore. Given the large attendance of veterans that were at this ceremony, it would seem logical to make sure they would be able to sit, but instead I saw many people having to stand through the entire ceremony, which, by the way, was laid out poorly to begin with given that it was nearly impossible to even SEE the submarine. I know from experience that it is not easy to plan an event for that volume of people, and there will always be glitches and problems that arise, however, I would have to say that there were many, many people who were not at all pleased with the parking arrangements whatsoever. One person's opinion of the "smooth operation" that took place is clearly not the opinion of the whole. The event itself was nice, but I would strongly disagree with the fact that the parking/shuttle was successful.
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