Your Opinion: Congressmen fail to greet veterans

Dear Editor:

It was an honor and privilege to have been a part of the recent Mid-Missouri honor flight to the World War II memorial in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 6. It was my pleasure to have been a guardian to help escort our very deserving veterans to visit their memorial. They served our country and put their lives at risk to keep our country safe and free.

As we boarded the bus in Columbia at 2 a.m. and returned at midnight you could feel the excitement of these elderly veterans. They had a very long and exhausting day ahead of them. We arrived in St. Louis to catch our flight to Washington and when we arrived we boarded another bus. The weather was overcast and rainy. However, this did not dampen the spirits of the veterans. With ponchos and umbrellas they were able to visit the World War II memorial which was a very emotional experience. Come hell or high water, these guys, including the ones in wheelchairs, were getting off the bus.

We were told that our local Congress members would be there to greet them. That did not happen. I guess they didn’t want to get wet. It appears that Claire McCaskill, Roy Blunt, Blaine Luetkemeyer and Vicky Hartzler did not take the time to show their respect to our heroic veterans. After we boarded the bus to continue our visits to the other memorials, the consensus was “you knew they would not have been there.”

P.S. Remember at election time, if you go to the local VFW or American Legion and ask them for your vote you had better have a good answer as to why you were not at the monument on Sept. 6. These honorable veterans can see through the bull you most likely will give them.

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