A Remembrance Day parade in Horwich, Greater Manchester, is under threat because of health and safety rules.
Mr McCartin says that taking part in the parade is a duty and an honour
The cost of closing roads and arranging marshalling could be anything up to £15,000 which the Royal British Legion says it cannot afford.
Bernard McCartin from the Legion, says the police used to provided a rolling road block so the parade could take place cheaply and safely.
The town council is to write to the police to get the situation clarified.
Although police have suggested a shorter route which would not involve closing roads and incurring charges, the organisers want the parade to pass the war memorials in Lever Park, the town hall and near the fire station.
Councillor Steve Rock, leader of Horwich Town Council, said: "It's important that we do commemorate these events and think of these people that we have lost. They gave their lives that we could live."
Mr McCartin, who has attended all but one of the Remembrance Day parades in the last 40 years, added that passing through the town centre was both "a proud duty and an honour".