Letter to the Editor:
In the past few years I have been honored to serve in the Toledo American Legion Honor Guard on both Memorial Day and the Veterans Day Holidays. It has also been my pleasure to honor Veterans by serving in the Honor Guard at funerals. The Toledo Legion has a special presentation on the Toledo courthouse bandstand on these holidays to honor all veterans of our community and those veterans thoughout our country. I am thankful that some people attend these services, and this year I am asking our community to remember our veterans, past and present, and hopefully work towards a much larger attendance!!! I think that our veterans are very deserving of this little bit of time that it takes to attend this service. Lets not forget what it takes to make this country the great land that it is today. We all call this United States our homeland and it is very easy to forget all the blood, sweat and tears, not to mention the lives lost, and the sacrifices that the families of our veterans have had to make so that we can cuddle up in our beds each and every night and feel safe. How about it TamaToledo and surrounding communities? Lets show the Veterans this year that we do really care by attending a program in their honor. Hope to see you all there.
To All those American crosses throughout the world,
To all those magnificent Americans who loved their country enough to give up their lives,
To all who answered the call whenever and wherever,
To all who left behind loved ones because they did love them,
To all who suffered the wounds of baffle either in flesh or spirit,
To all who had the courage to walk on the Dark Side,
To all who live with the ghosts of that far away place,
I am humbled by your quiet dignity.
I am awed by your unselfishness.
I am proud to have walked with you.
On this Veterans Day, I do not forget you.
Rather, I celebrate you.
You are the colors of the Flag And the breeze that gently moves it.
Thank you, my dear friends.
Sincerely, Robert E. Youngman,
US Army Viet Nam 67-69.