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News - May 27, 2011

Veterans consider the lasting effects of war

Patriotism, pride mark Memorial Day remembrances

by Aaron Guggenheim

This Memorial Day, veterans throughout the Peninsula will pause to reflect on their experiences serving the United States. Among them will be Edward Patton, who fought in Vietnam, and Herbert Hamerslough, a World War II veteran.

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Editorial Intern Aaron Guggenheim can be emailed at aguggenheim@paweekly.com.

Comments

Posted by taxpayer, a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on May 30, 2011 at 10:07 am

We need to make sure that the VA is properly funded so that it can provide the quality of medical and mental health care that our veterans deserve.


Posted by Bob, a resident of Community Center
on May 30, 2011 at 1:32 pm

How many Palo Altans bothered to fly the American flag today? Not many from what I saw this morning. How soon they forget.


Posted by Mom, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on May 30, 2011 at 1:46 pm

Our military is so unappreciated. They risk their lives for us and I respect that. Most of us are too cowardly and selfish to serve in our military.

1% of Americans may be fighting our wars, but we need 100% of Americans to be supporting our troops and their families. Mrs. Obama and Dr. Biden are asking Americans to get involved in any way they can. Find out more and send a message of gratitude: Web Link


Posted by Mom, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on May 30, 2011 at 1:49 pm

@Bob: Unfortunately, the American flag has become a symbol of Republican beliefs. I appreciate our troops but am a Democrat.


Posted by Peter Carpenter, a resident of Atherton
on May 30, 2011 at 2:03 pm

Mom states:'Unfortunately, the American flag has become a symbol of Republican beliefs.'

Only if people like Mom give up proudly showing the same flag which our troops fight under and for every day. They are not Republican or Democratic troops - they are Americans and the flag is the American flag.


Posted by patriot, a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on May 30, 2011 at 2:48 pm

If you really want to show your support for the troops, visit a veterans hospital or veterans cemetery today. Flying a flag without backing that up with action is an empty symbol.


Posted by Peter Carpenter, a resident of Atherton
on May 30, 2011 at 3:55 pm

Patriot - as a Vietnam Veteran I disagree - flying the American Flag is NEVER an empty symbol. NOT flying the American flag because you have allowed someone else to claim it for their political ends is the ultimate empty symbol.

And for some flying the American flag is the first step to a much needed greater awareness and appreciation of the sacrifices that our veterans have made over the last two centuries.


Posted by Say-It-Aint-So!, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on May 30, 2011 at 7:13 pm

> Unfortunately, the American flag has become a symbol
> of Republican beliefs

So what is the symbol of "Democratic (Party) beliefs?


Posted by mom, a resident of Fairmeadow
on May 30, 2011 at 8:16 pm

Unfortunately,American flags ain't all made in America now.


Posted by Koa, a resident of Mountain View
on May 30, 2011 at 8:41 pm

Hats off to all those who have served, past and present.


Posted by mom, a resident of Fairmeadow
on May 30, 2011 at 10:09 pm

Hats off to all those who have served, past and present,and future wars.


Posted by the flag, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on May 30, 2011 at 10:26 pm

The History of the American Flag

Researched by Jayce, Rachel, and Naomi

The American Flag symbolizes many things; it symbolizes our freedom, our dignity, the true meaning of being an American, and many more things. It has fought our country's wars, cried our country's cries, and laughed our country's happiness. It has been with us through our war times, our sad times, but mostly our joyful times. The flag has gone through many transactions and changes before it came to be the flag we all know and love. Actually it took a very long time, from January 1, 1776, till August 21, 1960. There has been a mystery about who designed the first flag, after all this time.