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Patriotism

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The Daily Sun News ran a photo on Nov. 13 on the front page, titled “A tribute to veterans.” As always, the Daily Sun News provided excellent coverage of the Veterans Day program that was put on by the VFW, American Legion and Am-Vets. On the back page there was a full page of pictures and an article on the service, titled “Sunnyside turns out to honor veterans.”

The first point I’d like to make is that there were only 62 Sunnysiders who did turn out for this program. It’s a crying shame that from a community of 15,000 citizens that more were not there to honor our veterans. It gets more evident each year that patriotism in America is on the decline, and especially in our own community.

The second point I’d like to make is that the 14,938 citizens who stayed away, they missed an excellent ceremony. The guest speaker was Sunnyside Police Patrolman Jose Navarro, a highly decorated former member of the Armed Forces who has seen combat in Iraq. His speech was very moving, and when he talked it made one proud to be an American. Sunnyside could use a lot more Jose Navarro’s. To Jose, I’d like to personally say thank you.

I’d also like to thank Corey Russell, who wrote the story and provided the photos for our paper, the Daily Sun News.

And last, I’d like to thank our local representatives who were present: Sen. Jim Honeyford, Rep. Bruce Chandler, Rep. Dan Newhouse, Police Chief Ed Radder, Fire Chief Aaron Markham, Mayor Ed Prilucik, Council members Carol Stone, Theresa Hancock and Bruce Epps.

The veterans of our community took note and appreciate your support.

/s/ Major Delbert A. Pease, U.S. Marine Corps (Ret), Sunnyside

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