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Letter: A show of true patriotism

To the Editor:

As another Memorial Day passes we are reminded that even though the casualties in Iraq have taken a drastic drop, the memories of those who have given their lives in that conflict are still very fresh in the minds of families and friends. These memories, of course, do not override those of deceased veterans of other conflicts in the history of our country as was again demonstrated this past Memorial Day.

What we sometimes forget, however, is the time and effort put forth by several agencies to bring about the meaning of Memorial Day. Preparations at the various area cemeteries and the New Richmond Veteran's Memorial begin several weeks prior to the calendar date itself.

A big thanks to Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10818 of New Richmond and American Legion Post 80 for providing a combined Honor Guard for the seven ceremonies that took place that morning, to the Vietnam Veterans group who provided the static display and logistics support at the memorial, to the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts and their dedicated leaders who assisted with the flag ceremony, to the New Richmond American Legion Auxiliary who prepared food and served perhaps 150 meals at the noon luncheon following the morning ceremonies (and washed the dishes!) and the New Richmond Parks Department who maintain the Veteran's Memorial site. Two other groups who are seldom recognized include: The Veterans Memorial Park Committee who administer the operation of the memorial including the placement of the recognition name blocks and also the caretakers of the various area cemeteries who do a great job of maintaining the lawns and supervising the placing of flags on the hundreds of veteran's gravesites. To these individuals and groups I think we can all say "Great job, continue the mission."

Chuck Mehls,

Honor Guard Commander - New Richmond American Legion Post 80