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‘Angered and saddened’

To The Editor:

I was angered and then upon further reflection saddened the other day when I overheard comments in a local establishment as I got my morning coffee.

The talk was about the flags down at Yestermorrow that commemorate the fallen in Iraq and Afghanistan. The group was very critical of the whole memorial
and since I'm not especially quick on my feet when it comes to responding in a situation like that, I held my tongue. I thought about it the rest of the day though and was compelled to pen a response.

The group's comments were quite derogatory and one man who lost his son in Iraq said he didn't want to be reminded every day that he'd lost his son. Then there were remarks that the white flags mean surrender.

I've participated in putting up and taking down the flags in that field. They have been a very powerful symbol whether one agrees with the war or not.
I'm so sorry that this man lost a son in Iraq. I'm sorry for all the families and friends who lost loved ones in Iraq or Afghanistan. And it further grieves me to think that we as a country are not necessarily any further ahead in terms of our global relationships than when the war began.

I'm certainly not convinced that either Iraq or Afghanistan have fared any better. What have we accomplished? What have we learned? That field of flags, in a very visual way, honored those who made the ultimate sacrifice and the fact that they were white speaks to me of peace—the ultimate goal.

Callie Willis


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