Letters to the Editor

Neptune memorial: Mayor owes vets an apology

I read with dismay the article in the Saturday, July 10, edition of your paper about the Neptune Memorial still stalled.

The individuals pictured in the article are persons of the highest professional integrity and honorable veterans of many years of naval service.

As I see it, these individuals have given so much of their lives in the service of their country as have other veterans who are now serving or who have served along with those who have given the ultimate sacrifice of their lives in defense of this country. It saddens me to think that a military community such as Oak Harbor which so readily takes the military’s money yet it cannot get agreements as a community to erect a memorial to honor its veterans.

I sincerely believe the mayor owes an apology to Paul Brewer and to the veterans he was trying to represent.

Our veterans deserve better treatment and I applaud Paul Brewer for his attempts to help get this project going for the patrol squadrons and the VP community.

Mayor Cohen, I expect your apology to these veterans to be forthcoming within the next few days and to be made publicly. These veterans deserve to be heard, to be adequately recognized and to be respected.

David C. Blankenship

Capt. USNR, Ret.

Oak Harbor

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