TO THE EDITOR: I would like to extend my heartfelt appreciation to all of those responsible for the success of the North Country Honor Flight and especially former Director Danny Kaifetz.
I was recently the recipient of this Honor Flight to Washington, D.C. It is a day that I will long remember. It began very early on Flag Day with a ride from my home provided by the Essex County Sheriff’s Office, a salute from well wishers at the Jay Village Green, then a gathering of family, friends, scouts, National Guard, a pipe band and Honor Flight volunteers at the former Plattsburgh Air Base Oval.
It included a wonderful parade of motorcyclists, firefighters, police, county officials and supporters to the airport, where we were met by a huge contingent of well-wishers and speakers.
Then, on to Baltimore, Md. Everything went smoothly, even passing through airport security. Every need was cared for. It couldn’t have been easier.
We arrived at BWI to a water salute over the plane. I was met by my three Coast Guard granddaughters and many well wishers.
We took a comfortable bus ride to see and be honored at the World War II Memorial, with lunch served on the bus. From there, we went to Arlington National Cemetery to view a laying on of the wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and changing of the guard.
Then we did a drive-by of the Iwo Jima Monument and on to a dinner provided by the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8097 in Jessup, Md.
Finally, we headed back to Plattsburgh airport, where we were received by a wonderful crowd.
It was an exciting day for me and one I, a member of the U.S. Navy Seabees, will always remember, thanks to the preparation and hard work of North Country Honor Flight.
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TO THE EDITOR: It’s kind of funny; I, like so many others, have been to other places in life, like Cuba, Panama, and they were kind of nice, but I would not want to live there.
Maybe you went to Brazil or Rio or maybe Egypt. Here is my point: If these people in these locations love these places so much and good living with wonderful hospitals with great politics, would someone please tell me why they become terrorists with drugs, stealing children or young girls and selling them for a few dollars or sneak into Texas, Arizona, San Diego or Florida or yes, even Plattsburgh?
Why in heaven’s name don’t we stop them? We can send someone to the moon, but we can’t put them in jail or ship them home.
So I, too, looked into this array of kids and thugs moving our way for our rights, your money, food, fuel, medical.
The answer was easy, most of the ones that aren’t thugs are just lazy, and they know we have Obama and his sidekicks. That’s why we have all the trouble that we are continuously getting.
Yes, your votes did not help once, but twice; of course, the first time, you knew he was the first real loser, but when you voted a second time, it was your shame.
Please, do not shame yourselves again. If you do not stop these ill thoughts, you will have their country, not your own. Yes, there are some who must save their lives.
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