Reader: We need a veterans cemetery

Posted: Thursday, August 03, 2006

During our 2000 VFW state convention in Ketchikan, I had the opportunity to visit their community cemetery with a separate entity for veterans. I was very impressed by the columbarium of marble with five service insignias of our military on the face with American Legion and VFW logo’s beneath.

The columbarium had drawers for cremains, as well as caskets and provisions for flowers and decorations. The cemetery had a high percentage of veterans graves adorned with white crosses and our national flag.

The date of our visit was June 5, and the decorations on the veterans graves were still fresh from Memorial Day. In observing these military monuments, I thought of the personal gratification of family and friends when they visit the final resting place of their family heroes.

We can all appreciate our special heritage that has been protected by those that went into the military to defeat the aggressors that would destroy the freedoms and values that we as Americans have learned to love.

There is a need for more emphasis in establishing veterans cemeteries in our great land. Since freedom is not free, we will be honoring more readily those men and women who have given the ultimate or a portion of their lives for the defense all we hold dear.

We can all find a note of pride in providing a final resting place of distinction and monumental venue.

Herb Stettler

Service officer

American Legion Post No. 20

and VFW Post No. 10046

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