ROCK ISLAND -- A U.S. Navy band has been forced to pull out of the Red, White & Boom celebrations in Rock Island because of government spending cutbacks known as sequestration.
The Horizon Great Lakes Navy Band was due to play at Schwiebert Park on July 3 as part of the annual festivities.
But Rock Island parks director Bill Nelson said he has been told that the band would not be coming because of the sequester.
The Department of Defense has reduced spending on aerial demonstrations, bands and color guards as a result of the cutbacks. Sequestration slashed $85 billion in federal spending for the 2013 fiscal year after lawmakers failed to reach a compromise to avoid across-the-board budget reductions.
Today is Thursday, April 24, the 114th day of 2014. There are 251 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East. 1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil. 1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport. 1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island. 1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis. 1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.