To the Editor:

I am a director on the board of the Long Creek Cemetery maintenance district, and I apologize for the fact that there were no flags put out on the veterans’ graves on Veterans Day. The person who has a contract to take care of the cemetery was supposed to put flags out, weather permitting, but didn’t feel it was important on Veterans Day. There was no rain nor two feet of snow on Veterans Day, just cold, and we were told by the John Day radio station and it was on the Portland news that Veterans Day will not have snow nor heavy rain. It was cold, but as I watched ceremonies across the country in some places a lot colder than Long Creek, the people had flags and honored their vets. Flags should have been on every grave of a veteran, and if there were two feet of snow, a flag should have been on each of the gates. One gate was even locked. In the past, volunteers from the school and our community have helped put the flags out on Memorial Day, Fourth of July and or Labor Day. To me, one of the most important is Veterans Day.

Wanda McHatton

Long Creek

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