I'm writing this letter because I was totally appalled when I went shopping locally, looking for a Veterans Day gift.

The two stores I went to had nothing. In one, there were no red, white and blue flowers, cards or flags. The other had a few small flags that were in the back room and I was allowed to buy one of them.

Flags were not even on display to be sold on Veterans Day.

Eventually, my children went into a another store and bought an eagle statue with an American flag on it.

What does that say to the men and women who served in the Armed Services to protect our country and give us the rights that we have today?

I felt as though the veterans had been forgotten. If you were a veteran, how would that make you feel? Nothing to say thank you for my freedom, you did a great job.

I'm sure that every one of them wishes they could forget what they saw and had to do. It's great that there is recognition on Memorial Day for those who lost their lives and support for our troops now fighting, but let us not forget the veterans who are still here among us.

They give so much to our lives and our community. I hope to see the merchants show some respect and recognition next year by displaying cards, flags and flowers that we can buy for our heroes to show them how much they mean to us.

Deborah Patrick

Mt. Vernon

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