Printed letters, May 13, 2010

Fly the flag proudly, no matter whom it upsets

Recently, there was a story about students being removed from school for wearing shirts with the American flag.

Well, near as I can remember, this is still America. If people are born in the United States, that makes them Americans, no matter what country their ancestors came from. If the American flag in the United States upsets some people, then I suggest they renounce their citizenship, pack up all their belongings and move back to the country of their ancestors.

But please let them know that once they renounce their citizenship they only have human rights, because Americans years ago adopted the Bill of Rights for all Americans. And no this shouldn’t apply if you’re in this country illegally.

My grandparents came to this country when they were young. They flew the American flag proudly. My parents lived in this country, my father fought in World War II and they flew the American flag proudly. I have had two sons in the armed services, fighting for the freedoms that we enjoy today.  And I will fly the American flag with pride until I die.

And if anyone tells me it upsets them, then may God have mercy on their soul.

CURT CLAUSSEN

Grand Junction

Grand Junction displayed great respect for veterans

What an honor it was to accompany the World War II veterans on their flight to see their memorial in Washington D.C. These men and women sacrificed so much to keep our country free. The stories we heard were priceless.

It is with great appreciation that we thank the Western Slope Honor Flight committee for all their hard work in putting this together. It was a massive undertaking.

The greeting the veterans received at the landing in Grand Junction just blew us away. From the water cannon salute, welcome by the police and military standing at attention, saluting, then their help with the stairs from the plane, the band playing — it was all so wonderful.

Then we went into the terminal with flags lining the way, people clapping and saluting and, once out of the restricted area, there were all the people who came to show their appreciation, with a band playing in the back.

Thank you Grand Junction. These men and women deserved it all and we know they were appreciative.

ROSE AND KENT NORDENBERG

Grand Junction

Honor Flight provided memories of a lifetime

Recently, I had the extreme privilege to travel to Washington D.C. with the Honor Flight of World War II veterans. To be able to accompany these great Americans on the journey to see the memorial dedicated to their sacrifices was an honor that humbled me. These men and women are the last of the Greatest Generation. Their appreciation and gratitude for this trip cannot be measured in mere words.

The reception in Baltimore and the deference paid by total strangers to this group was heartwarming and very reassuring that there is hope for the nation.

To the people of Grand Junction, your homecoming reception for this group made me proud. You were a group to behold and brought a tear to the eye of many of us.

To all involved in the organization and successful completion of this flight, my hat is off to you. You are awesome.

To the veterans, you are the greatest and I was extremely fortunate to be in your company.

Thank you for memories of a lifetime.

D.L. SMITH

Grand Junction

Letters from students touched WWII veteran

As participants with the Western Slope Honor Flight recently, we all received a packet of mail.

The mail I received was from students from Holy Family Catholic School, Orchard Mesa Middle School, Pear Park Elementary and from several students from schools not mentioned. There were also letters from the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office, Grand Junction City Council and police departments. All the letters were thanking us, the veterans, for our service. Thank you one and all for the letters.

These letters touched me very much and made me realize how proud I am being a veteran.

CAPT. THOMAS KYLE, RETIRED

Montrose



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