I am proud to have served my country in the United States military. Every veteran that I know personally feels the same way.

Yes, veteran sacrifices should be honored. Sometimes, in honoring veterans, we forget others who deserve honor and remembrance. The parents, wives, siblings and others close to the soldier, sailor, marine and airman should be recognized and honored as well. The people on the home front who lived each day fearful of a black framed telegram suffered too.

When Franklin Runyon Sousley’s mother (Sousley was from Fleming County, Kentucky) saw the boy running up with a telegram, she began screaming. Her sister said she “Through the night and into the morning.”

Every Gold Star parent, every widow, every fiancé who lost a love one should be honored and remembered. Everyone who lost a GI parent and was affected should be honored and remembered.

Furthermore, every family member whose GI returned affected by the horror and barbarity of war should be remembered for the support they gave the returning GI.

Our country is great. Kentucky and the people of Kentucky are great. We have a lot to be thankful about and a lot to remember. Let us be thankful to God and remember everyone’s sacrifices.

Charles Hayes

London

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