Letter to the Editor

Disappointed veteran

San Luis ObispoNovember 18, 2013 

Grizzly Academy Cadets stand as color guard over the Veterans Day ceremony at the Faces of Freedom memorial in Atascadero.

JULIA HICKEY — jhickey@thetribunenews.com

As a 30-year veteran of the U.S. Air Force, I was very disappointed with the single activity planned by the city of San Luis Obispo, i.e extending the hours of the Veterans Memorials Museum.

While the museum is very worthwhile, I doubt if too many vets would attend on this day. Looking at surrounding communities, I noticed many had guest speakers, bands, barbecues, etc. There are some 20,000 veterans in the county — I’m sure the city could find many of them more that willing to tell their experiences in the military.

I know the Farmers Market had many activities honoring Veterans last Thursday; however, getting to and from the market, plus parking, presents a problem for some of the older veterans. We do have the SLO County and Cal Poly Bands, plus the Grizzlies. Give them a chance to participate. Also, Cal Poly has an ROTC unit that could be more visible by doing color guards, sabre or rifle team demonstrations. I would like it very much if more people would fly the flag and make a veteran feel appreciated. Bumper stickers just don’t get it.

Hopefully, next year will be better.

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