To the Editor:
I am writing to the village of Huntley about the lack of any Veterans Day celebration because I am the daughter of a Marine who served in the Korean War. My father is a proud veteran and was thrilled when a memorial was created for veterans in the village of Huntley. I live in Texas, and I was overwhelmed at the beauty of Memorial Park when I was visiting.
My father and I took a picture in front on the wall that honors the Marines, and it is a photo that I will cherish forever. On Nov. 12, I called my dad and asked what he did for Veterans Day, truly expecting to hear that he was being honored somewhere in Huntley. I was saddened to hear that there was no celebration for veterans on their day, and I could hear the disappointment in his voice. What a tragedy that no one took time to organize something to say thank you.
Here in Texas, our military are honored on Veterans Day, but every day I see the pride that Texas has for our country. All 365 days of the year you can see the American flag flying everywhere, and these flags are massive. These are proud Texans who cherish our freedom and take time to honor our veterans.
I feel that we must call attention to this lack of gratitude for our brave men and women who have sacrificed so much for us, but are not honored the way they deserve. May our communities realize this gross negligence and understand that it is never too late to change.