Letters to the Editor

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Dear Editor,

On Veterans Day we heard people all across America thanking veterans for their military service. We veterans really appreciate being thanked for our service.

You may wonder why a person would sign up for military service where they might be killed or wounded when deployed to a foreign country. A couple of reasons are, to keep the United States of America free, the love of family and to keep them safe from tyranny. Something else that is very important to veterans is, "I pledge Allegiance to the flag of the United States of America and to the republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all."

Veterans know that this Pledge is not just empty words. Our American Flag has been in the forefront of our military forces since the Revolutionary War.

In World War II, our mission was to parachute onto the Island of Corregidor, P.I. As soon as the first troopers were on the ground, two of them took our flag, climbed the old flag pole and secured it to the top of the pole.

When the U.S. Marines landed on Iwo Jima and fought their way top the to of Mt. Surieahi, they hoisted the U.S. flag to the top of the pole they had set.

When I hear or read of someone or a group burning or kicking our American Flag, especially American citizens, it makes my blood boil. If American citizens do not respect our U.S. flag or appreciate their freedom in America, that so many have fought for and so many have died for to preserve our freedom, they should be exiled to another country.

Nelson Gatewood,

WWII Veteran

Highland, Ark.

Dear Editor,

Dear Editor,

The Hardy Library invites everyone to stop by and put a leaf on our "Thanksgiving Tree." We provide the leaves and there is no charge. Let everyone know what you are thankful for.

Cecilia Mullins

Sharp County Librarian

Hardy, Arkansas