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Letter to the Editor

Veteran Writes on Local Veterans Day Festivities

web posted November 18, 2013

Dear Editor,
I am a 20 year military veteran. I'd like to thank the local schools for their programs the Friday before Veterans Day. I'm glad students were able to understand why they would have the next Monday as a holiday. Thank you to Johnston for displaying flags along Calhoun Street.

As my tradition, I placed flags on Veteran's graves in Sunset, I went to the Augusta Veteran's Day Parade, I participated in my Legion post observance in North Augusta and attended the Edgefield program Monday afternoon. There is a difference is Veteran's Day and Memorial Day.

Veteran's Day is a celebration of those veterans still standing. We, along with communities, salute and thank each other. We will always include in our ceremonies the memories of those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice and POW/ MIA's. It does not require the posting of crosses in the town square; that's for Memorial Day. We celebrate the living veterans who have and are now giving their being in defense of this country.

Memorial Day is to remember those who have given the supreme sacrifice in defense of this great Nation. Most every family has a veteran in its history. I encourage everyone to explore and understand the contributions made and pass on to the young what those sacrifices were and what for.

Johnston flew flags. Thank you. Edgefield? You were right in line with Augusta and North Augusta. Christmas decorations. Veteran's Day is for the living. You all had Christmas decorations up. Memorial Day you fly flags. Deceased vets can't see those. Veteran's Day is for the living and you have Xmas decorations up. Maybe it's my perspective, but you honor those not among us with flag displays , as should be, and fail to honor those among us who could see those very flags.

If I have to, I will knock on every door in Edgefield to get signatures of people in favor of flags flying in town for Veteran's Day BEFORE christmas decorations are put up. Folks I know are incensed by the "earlier every year than last" mentality that is prevailing. No one I know is motivated by your decorations to start shopping.

Veteran's Day is November 11, every year. Is it too much to ask that flags be flown then, and put up Christmas decorations afterwards?

Bill Weger

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