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November 11, 2009
Salem News

Remembering our veterans

To the editor:

At a recent funeral in East Palestine, my wife and I met a friend, Mike, a veteran of World War II that we had not seen in years. After this brief encounter, memories flooded my mind of the late 1940s and 1950s of Memorial Day, July 4th, and Veterans Day parades.

Mike was a key person in the parades as a member of the elite color guard. We have since learned that he has marched or been a part of patriotic parades for over 60 years. For you see, Mike is now 92 years old and although small in stature, he is large in character. He embodies all that is good and decent about the United States.

I applaud him and all veterans, including my deceased father and brother-in-law, who have bravely served in the armed forces in defense of the freedoms we enjoy today. Their sacrifices and those of our present service men and women must always be remembered. Their stories of valor must be passed on to each generation.

On this Veterans Day, we ask each of you to honor a veteran in some way. Attend your local Veterans Day parade. Stand erect and proudly address the American flag as it passes by. Visit a cemetery in your area seeking out veterans' grave sites making certain that they are properly presented. Mail in a special contribution to the Disabled American Veterans Association. And finally call a veteran that you know and thank him or her for their service to our country.

In conclusion, I especially thank my deceased father, a World War II Marine Lieutenant and my deceased brother-in-law who served in the Korean War, and Mike Colella, the living veteran spoken of this letter. May God richly bless you and all service personnel.

George and Theresa Morris,

Salem

Urges support of the Quakers

To the editor:

A once mighty, historic football program, the Salem Quakers descended into mediocrity and remained there for decades. The city of Salem has had few opportunities to get excited about the football program; That is until now!

The current team of young athletes can be summed up in one word - special. Late game-winning drives, fourth down conversions, gut-checking defensive stops, and the character and determination that does not know the word quit, has propelled the Salem Quakers into the playoffs for the first time ever.

Yet driving through the city after a significant playoff win, I noticed that few store owners had taken the time to place anything in their windows in support of the team.

Front lawns were relatively bare of signs, and the streets somewhat deserted upon return from Granville.

As we face our biggest challenge yet, against Steubenville Big Red, I urge the community of Salem to come to life and rejoice in the remarkable achievements of our fine young football players. SUPPORT SALEM FOOTBALL!

Michael Brown,

Salem

More cheers for the mighty Quakers!

To the editor:

All too often I sign on to salemnews.net since I live out of town and end up discouraged by the extended malaise my beloved hometown keeps facing as the economic downturn continues and the illustrious promise of "job creation" has hardly been seen in most of Ohio.

What happened on Friday night in Granville was the stuff people write books about that turn into movies and then into a profitable television series. Our Salem Quakers football team had the ability to freeze time, at least temporarily and gave people something to flat out cheer about.

Seeing fans, both young and old, of a team and a community express jubilation to the point of running on to an opposing field to congratulate their teams accomplishment was a REAL image of hope and change I won't soon forget. This past Friday night is what makes football so great.

It gives your town the chance to break away from from reality, the chance to be excited and even the chance at magnificent success. I want to congratulate the football team on their herculean effort and the community on a fantastic presence at the game. It has even been rumored there were more Salem fans than Granville fans present!

A community is only as strong as its people and we proved that on Friday. Even though displaced, I am certainly proud to be a mighty Quaker.

Regardless of what happens here on out, this season is certain to have a storybook ending. Go Quakers!

Troy Tice,

Class of 2002,

Hilliard, OH

 
 

 

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