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Honors befitting U.S. veterans

June 01, 2011

Our community owes a debt of thanks to Don Hingst, originator of the Memorial Day tribute to our local veterans, and to Joe Puglia for carrying on the tradition. It was fitting that the committee decided to honor WWII vets this year. Sadly, we noted that their numbers have decreased since last year.

For many years our family — I and my wife, sons, their spouses and grandchildren — has attended the service to honor First Lt. M.C. Hill, USAAF, a World War II veteran who flew out of Roswell, NM, on B-17 and B-24 missions over the Pacific Ocean. We were surprised that he was on the podium and interviewed before the ceremony, but not recognized with his fellow veterans. Additionally, a WWII Army nurse was never introduced by name.

A more sensitive treatment to the veterans would have seated them front and center in view of the audience with the scouts coming from off stage to do their presentations instead of standing in front of the vets while waiting a turn at the podium.

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La Cañadans will remember other WWII vets who were not mentioned at the event. Perhaps a concerted effort to identify and record our vets as they age and pass from our view would be a worthy project. I am sure that there are several, perhaps many, who have not been honored and listed in our archives.

Frances Hill

La Cañada

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