9/27/2012 3:00:00 PM Letters to the Editor 9-27-12
To the Editor:
On Veteran's Day, November 11th, the American Legion Auxiliary will be hosting an amazing program to honor those who served in the military between February 28th, 1961, and May 7th, 1975. These are the Vietnam and Vietnam Era Veterans. They served during a time of turmoil in our country. Although it was an unpopular war, our soldiers answered the call of duty and carried out orders. Upon their return home, they were not welcomed nor treated like Americans who had just returned from war. America knew it had made a huge mistake, it was not the soldiers' fault, and they should have been supported while away and welcomed home upon their return.
That is why America, now, supports our troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. They never want that unpatriotic feeling to reach our military again.
Many soldiers served within those 14 years, some were deployed to other countries as well as those who served in Vietnam. But, you all took the same oath, every one of you could have been sent to Vietnam at any time. This program is to honor each and every one of you, no matter where you served. The veterans who did serve in Vietnam will be given a special recognition, and rightfully so. The non-combat Vietnam veterans will be the first on their feet to applaud those who did serve in Vietnam. You are all comrades in arms, brothers with a bond that will last through the ages.
Please fill out the questionnaires, get them mailed in, and take your military picture to the newspaper. A book will be published that each one of you will receive with our gratitude.
We will also honor those who were killed in action in Vietnam, and those Vietnam veterans who have also been called to the Supreme Commander and are no longer with us. Families are asked to send in information and pictures on them, so they will be included in the book with their fellow veterans.
A lot of people are working hard to honor all of you on Veteran's Day, many organizations have donated money to make this become a reality. Please attend the program and stand tall to let the world know you are proud to be a Vietnam veteran because we sure are proud of you.
We request that all Vietnam veterans go straight to the high school cafeteria where refreshments will be served, compliments of the FFA and group pictures will be taken. Please try to arrive around 1 p.m., the program will begin promptly at 2 p.m.
No doubt this has been too long in coming, but on November 11th, 2012, Switzerland County will say "Thank You," "Welcome Home" and God Bless our Vietnam veterans. This can only be accomplished if you attend and allow us to do so.
"For God and Country."
Rita Sullivan, President
Vevay American Legion Auxiliary Post 185
To the Editor:
Have you heard the news that the Jack Sullivan Senior Center in Vevay is preparing to be sold by the county?
I was told by some county elected officials that it was being appraised and that they have some interested parties. Why do they need to sell? It was all paid for in full when the building was built.
It was paid for by a Focus Grant and from a donation from the Paul Ogle Foundation in Jeffersonville, Indiana.
Are the county officials trying to raise fund to pay some of the other debts, like the Industrial Park? Is the county wanting to hire more personnel to be over our elected officials?
Please take this matter seriously, people of Switzerland County.
Don't let county officials sell the Senior Center. A petition will be circulated soon.