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Veterans program director issues invitation for speaker
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Editor:

This is in response to Mr. Carl E. Ledbetter Sr.'s Letter to the Editor that appeared in the July 31 Statesboro Herald.

I read your letter and I can very much appreciate your concern when it comes to the "Forgotten War" or otherwise known as "The Korean Conflict." Especially when you consider the way it ended with General Douglas MacArthur saying "there is no substitute for victory."

You mention that "even those in charge" of local Veterans Day and Memorial Day services seem to give it as little attention as possible. A Korean War non-combat veteran was chosen to give the keynote address at a recent program, although there were several combat veterans present.

Mr. Ledbetter, I am the program director for the local Memorial Day and Veterans Day observances held each year at the Averitt Center.

There are no others, just me. The reason that "a non-Korean War Vet" (He was a fighter pilot in training when the cease fire was enacted.) was the keynote speaker is that every Korean War vet I asked did not want to either speak or go on-stage!

I was commander of the Dexter Allen American Legion Post then and had a roster with more than 300 names and I tried. Believe me I tried! Commander Clifton L. Holt finally agreed to represent the Korean War Veterans. I thought he did a good job. Held his own and was a credit to the veterans of that war.

Mr. Ledbetter, I would like to officially ask you to be my keynote speaker or help me identify a Korean vet for the 2014 Memorial Day program! I already have a speaker for Veterans Day in November.

In conclusion, I would like to add that in the past I have had WWII veterans — Atlantic Theater and Pacific Theater, Vietnam veterans, Iraqi and Afghanistan veterans. The one missing is a Korean War veteran. What do you say we change that and start today!

Dan Foglio
Senior Vice Commander
American Legion
Dexter Allen Post # 90

 

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