Cherish veterans

To the Editor:

My friend, James (Jim) McAndrews died this month at the age of 94.

Jim served in both the European and Pacific theaters during World War II, and was active in veterans and political affairs after the war.

When I moved to McHenry, I happened to walk into his shop for a haircut. For 30 years, Jim cut my hair. During that time, we shared many stories and opinions. I found him to be, by turns, hilarious, ribald, politically astute and compassionate.

Most of all, he was a living bridge to history, and I shall miss him most in that role. Jim’s memory, and those of all veterans, should be cherished.

Goodbye, soldier. Rest in peace.

John Schroeder

McHenry