Where was the patriotism?
To the editor:
I am writing this letter in the recent observance of Memorial Day. I could not help but to observe the many businesses in Salem that did not honor this great day. Not one business in the East Gate Plaza, Salem Plaza, Broadway Plaza, Salem Market Place, Shops at Terry Place, Quaker Square, Franklin Park, and many businesses in the downtown area that did not respect our bravest by not flying Old Glory. Shame on you,. You are unpatriotic.
Many of these businesses are proud to sell the American flag that is now being made on foreign soil to add profits to their bottom line, but not proud enough to display an American flag made in the U.S.A. Shame on you. You are disrespectful.
I don't give a damn if it is a restaurant, gas station, grocery store, or any other public business open for profit, you are not ashamed to sell your goods to our veterans. But yet you will not spend $25 to buy an American flag and say thank you veterans, you say thank you for shopping here. Shame on you.
Do not think I am just blasting businesses for profit, I am also pointing out that many of our elected officials in Salem and Perry Township who were glad a vet helped them get elected, but not glad enough to display the flag of freedom, so that they could hold this position. I went past the homes of some of these elected officials and I was amazed not to see a flag. Shame on you.
You do not deserve to hold a public office in the land of the free because of the brave. Show some gratitude.
Let's hope the businesses in Salem and Perry Township and elected officials will remember to spend a buck and buy a U.S.A.-made flag and s display it on Flag Day June 14.
I'm proud to display my made-in-America flag and say thank you noble men and women for our independence. To all of our armed forces, thank you, and keep up the good work. God bless each and everyone who served to make this great country. I am not ashamed to thank you by flying my Stars and Stripes.
More on the lack of respect
To the editor:
I'm appalled at the lack of respect shown by almost all businesses for patriotic holidays. This past Memorial Day was an example. Newspaper and television ads simply said "Memorial Day sale" but not a word about what the day means.
It is like that for every holiday. In many, many years, I have seen only one newspaper ad (none on TV) that honored a day. Last Veterans Day, Salem's McKinney's Furniture had a very nice tribute to we veterans in their Salem News ad.
Most businesses have extended hours on holidays and certainly would not want their employees to have a day off to enjoy and celebrate a sacred time. I wonder if any of these business owners or those who run the large chains have ever served their country in the military. To them, an extra dollar is more important than honoring those who gave their life for them. Wow! We get two days a year!
It would be wonderful if no one patronized any business on any of our great patriotic or religious holidays. If any of you business owners don't like what I'm saying, I'll tell you that I was not thrilled to be away in the army on many holidays. I'd bet that the lot of you never served or sacrificed like we veterans and current military personnel.
And you could never have the title of proud veteran. And have what you have because of us, but you can't give us a day. We gave a whole lot more!
DR. MICHAEL J. TRAINA,