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Feedback: Evil cares not for peace effort
To the Coupeville Peace and Reconciliation Group: I write this in response to your Veterans Day peace meeting at the Coupeville Park (Peace promoted in Coupeville, Whidbey News-Times Nov, 10). I wish to take note of your actions. I am married to a war veteran, and the one solace he garnered from your meeting was this: only because of the sacrifices of the brave men and women of our Armed Forces, were you able to hold such a public meeting. Only because of the militarism you so fervently decry, were we able to free and protect ourselves and others from the true evil that exists in this world. Soldiers, sailors and airmen know the meaning of peace, in that they are the ones who must dodge the bullets every day. Yet, the military understands something you apparently do not, that evil does not respect peace and reconciliation.
Veterans Day is a day to honor all of the courageous men and women who have, and continue, to serve and sacrifice for a greater good. It did not go unnoticed, in my home, that the only names you read at your meeting were of those fallen in Iraq, the war of which your group was born. Most disheartening was the fact that you could not put aside your political agenda for just one day out of the year, just one single day. Your actions were those of a group dedicated to political partisanship masking itself in an aura of citizenship.
I honor your right to meet freely as you wish, and so do the members of the military. I, however, wanted you to know that, regardless of your true intentions, your actions resulted in feelings of sadness and discouragement for one man who risks his life for your freedom. Peace groups have their place, but not on Veterans Day.
To all those who serve in our Armed Forces, and especially to my husband, it honors me to give my most heartfelt thanks for your bravery and courage.
Holly C. Johnson