ALLAN SYVERSON: Donations help put flags on veterans’ graves

TO THE EDITOR:

People of Manistee want flags on the veterans’ graves this year and in the future. This is evident by the number of donations from private individuals and from businesses and organizations. In addition, Manistee, Filer and Stronach townships include us in their budgets. They all respect the veteran and want to keep the memory of the heroic dead alive. Nor can we forget those lost at sea, Prisoners of War, Missing in Action or those lying in unmarked graves on foreign land. They also deserve to be recognized for their sacrifices and suffering.

We have set up a special fund at the VFW, and any donation received will be used to assist the United Veterans Council for the purchase of grave flags only.

With the donations received, we have enough funding to continue for a few years. No donations were asked for. The letter l wrote (published on April 12 in the News Advocate) was to inform the public of the actions taken by Manistee city leaders. Some of the city council support the veterans but other city officials do not. No attempt has been made to help the veteran.

At the April 17 work session when the word veteran was mentioned, it was tossed aside as if it didn’t exist. Sorry veterans you are now a liability and not an individual. Were we really such a bad investment? Just ignore the veteran, maybe they’ll go away. It seems to be a way to help balance the budget.

The families of the dead veteran have a right for their loved one to be identified. The dead have a right to be respected and remembered. They served, fought and thousands died to give you the freedom we have today. How can people forget?

Thanks to those who made a flag donation. The level of gratitude that us veterans extend to you cannot be measured. I am sure the families of the deceased veteran feel the same. Again we say to you, thank you and God bless you.

Msgt. Allan Syverson Ret. USAF

Manistee

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