Archive for Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Letter to the editor: Respect for veterans

April 29, 2009

A few years ago there was a report of the Veterans Memorial in Kansas City, Mo., being vandalized. Later I heard the ones who committed the crime turned themselves in because the act angered a few veterans.

Not so long ago were reports of protesters at funerals of American military personnel. Veterans and their supporters started attending the funerals in larger numbers. I myself rode a few times because I too am a veteran.

This past March my truck was stolen. After the thieves were through with it, they burned it. Police said it was so bad they couldn’t get the VIN number or the tags off the truck. What bothers me is the license plate was veteran, easy to spot. If they didn’t know they stole a veteran’s property, it’s because they don’t care. Such activities are all kinds of wrong because veterans are willing to die for you. I see a trend in my country. To me it is as easy to spot as the tags.

The trend I see is more illegal activities and less prayer. Our money still has “In God We Trust.” It has become harder to read on some coins. I’m beginning to feel our foundation might have a crack in it. If I might make a suggestion to help reverse this trend … next time you are watching a parade, stand tall and proud when veterans go by. Give them a salute to let them know you are thankful they were willing to die for you. Each and every day, remember to say a prayer for strength in your country and again give thanks. This time, thanks to our God we still have our country that is free.

As a final thought … “Warriors” have gone out of country to protect our land. We also need brave and courageous people fighting and protecting our country on the home front just as much. Whenever you can help out, to stop a crime or catch the evildoer, don’t stop to think about getting involved or how much to be involved. Jump in quickly with both feet and fight like you mean it.

P.S. Don’t be stupid when you jump.

Elaine Allanbrand,

Bonner Springs

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