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Letter: Veterans don't get much on Loyalty Day

Published May 2, 2014 5:40 pm
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"Ask not what your country can do for you. Ask what you can do for your country."

I arrived at the state Capitol building early as to beat the crowd of people that were sure to be gathered for the declaration for Loyalty Day, only to find myself alone looking for the crowd that hadn't bothered to come. I was a bit bewildered to find a group of only six veterans, complete with uniforms and flag. Each one waiting to perform the declaration.

At 2 p.m. the bell rang and the ceremony began. I'm not familiar with every member of the governor's staff or the state Legislature. However, I know that not a single state representative was present. I know this because, outside of the veterans performing the declaration, I was the only person in attendance.

I couldn't help but feel as though these veterans were expecting different scenery. They kept in good spirits, one of them mocking, "Thank you, everyone, for coming out."

Is this the type of respect that we give veterans? Particularly veterans who have fought for our freedom and continue to profess their loyalty? We failed these brave men today, and nobody even showed up to notice.

Jason Paul McElroy

West Valley City




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