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Damage to WWII memorial rubs salt in open wound

I recently saw the pictures of the damage done to the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C., by the protesters.

Years ago, my father and other members of the Southern Alleghenies Chapter of American Ex-Prisoners of War worked tirelessly one weekend at a local retailer to promote the building of and the collection of donations dedicated to getting that memorial built, something they felt strongly about.

It was built as a memorial to the sacrifices that they and others like them made during World War II.

Some of those men had such horrific experiences during that conflict that they would never speak of them again.

Those same men in that Ex-POW group made the trek to Washington, D.C., to attend the dedication of that memorial in May 2004.

Some had physical limitations, which made it very difficult on them. But they went anyway; it was that important to them.

If they were able, they would again stand up and fight and defend for your right to speak your mind — but not to damage, destroy, set fires and loot other people’s property.

Unfortunately, you will not get their fight or defense, for all those men in the Southern Alleghenies Chapter of American Ex-POWs are now dead.

Knowing those men like I did, they would have probably forgiven your actions.

I, on the other hand, might not be so generous.

Kenneth McCracken Jr.

Altoona

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