Letters to the Editor…

Honor our veterans this Memorial Day

Fellow Citizens:

Another May… Another Memorial Day and another chance to honor our military veterans, who have given their lives in the name of freedom. Freedom isn’t free, as far too many know.

Swarthmore has a simple, but meaningful, ceremony on Monday, May 30, at 10 a.m. at Monument Park (corner of Park and Dartmouth avenues). Please consider being there to honor those who cared enough to honor our love of freedom.

Citizens may also witness the placing of flags at the graves of veterans at Eastlawn Cemetery — follow the fire trucks and any marchers down Park Avenue, cross over Michigan Avenue and proceed to the cemetery.

On Sunday evening, May 29, PBS (channel 12) broadcasts a concert on the Mall in Washington, D.C., that provides the background for the story of a veteran. The times are 8 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., with a repeat at 9:30 p.m. to 11 p.m.

This has always been a good program that can inspire our thoughts for Monday, Memorial Day. It is hosted by Gary Sinise and Joe Montegna.

Joan Watson
Swarthmore

Wear orange in support of victims

To the Editor:

On January 29, 2013, Hadiya Pendleton, a 15-year-old high school student in Chicago, was shot dead, nine days after performing at President Obama’s inauguration. Her grieving friends started commemorating her birthday, June 2, by wearing orange.

Last Saturday night, Zenas Powell, age 14, was caught in crossfire and killed at 10th and Pine in Chester — the city’s 10th death this year from gun violence.

What can we do?

Wear orange on Thursday, June 2, and think about the lives cut short by gun violence, and the grieving families of the victims. Learn about the issues and write your local, state and national elected officials. Ask them to tell you, “Where did the gun come from?”

Wear orange, and tell people why you’re doing it. And work so that all kids can grow up in safety.

Fran Stier
Swarthmore

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