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Letter: This country used to be an example to the world

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Posted: Thursday, November 21, 2013 12:00 am

In my recent letter regarding “Faith in the Military,” I was surprised at the quick and obviously unthought-about responses. I quoted an excerpt from a report by General William D. Boykin, of Family Research Center, 801 G. Street, N.W., Washington D.C. 20001; I specifically spelled out the address so truly interested people could get complete information, as the report was too lengthy for the allocated space in the newspaper. Instead, someone jumped to the conclusion it was an outrageous lie and a ridiculous statement.

Two of my uncles served in World War I. My husband and a cousin served in World War II, a cousin in the Korean War, grandnephew in Desert Storm, two grandnephews in Iraq. One received a permanent injury in a bomb blast, and one is still in the Army as well as a nephew-in-law awaiting assignment.

Men in my family have been stepping up to the plate to fight for our freedoms for the past 100 years. I believe we have earned the right to have more than just a passing interest in military morale.

I may be an old lady, over 95, but I still have most of my marbles in a row. I have been watching and even shed a few tears as I’ve seen the steady decline of a country that was once a shining example to the rest of the world; a country that honored God, a country where citizens rose to their feet, often with a lump in their throat as the symbol of our country passed by during a Memorial Day parade. A country where the clergy was respected, regardless of what faith. And, lastly, where we respected one another.

These are the things my husband and relatives fought for and are fighting fore now. Was it, and is it, all in vain?

Louise Dowdell


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