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Reader's view: Americans' patriotic spirit seems to be fading

I witnessed it, and I am happy to say I was involved with a great and proud patriotic event in Duluth. The Honor Flight on May 15 showed what still lives in the hearts of some people.

I witnessed it, and I am happy to say I was involved with a great and proud patriotic event in Duluth. The Honor Flight on May 15 showed what still lives in the hearts of some people.

My father-in-law was lucky to be chosen for this latest flight. It was great to see the support of so many people for our past and present military. The volunteers who put this together should all be recognized by name for all the hours they contributed to make this happen.

I can't thank them enough for their work: The Honor Guard, the motorcycle Patriot Guard, local police, the fire department, the drum and bugle corps, bagpipers, the VFW, the American Legion and the everyday people who showed so much respect. We need more patriotic events with the good media coverage this had.

Our country and our citizens need to have the pride in this country that was present in the 1930s and '40s. It seems our patriotic spirit is fading.

We should all be reminded it was General Order No. 11 issued May 5, 1868, by Commander-in-Chief John A. Logan that the 30th day of May would be the day for decorating the graves of comrades who died in the defense of their country. It seems now it has become a day to party. Many of our young do not know the true reason of Decoration Day/Memorial Day. And that is sad.

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Leo Oliver

Duluth

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