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Let Vietnam veterans have their day at parade

Oct. 9, 2012 at 5:09 a.m.


Editor, the Advocate:

Concerning the letter from David Lentz on Sept. 27: In your own words you said, "I will be participating in the parade and plan to use the parade as an opportunity to remind Victorians that the Vietnam War was an unjust war." I take this statement to indicate a protest on your part.

You said you did not go to Vietnam, and I appreciate your service in the United States Army, but this is not the time nor place to protest that war. I proudly volunteered for service in country so that one such as yourself would not have to go. I have no regrets and am proud to have served alongside those who were drafted or volunteered.

You may have the right to free speech, but you have not earned the right to disparage those who are at the parade to receive the welcome home they never had. You've had 40 years to voice your gripes. These veterans have lived with their Vietnam service for more than 40 years, good or bad.

Take your protest somewhere else and let these warriors have their day.

Nic Harrison, Port Lavaca

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