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Veterans should be proud, join Granby Legion post

To the Editor:

This is an open letter to veterans.

I don’t want to get involved. I don’t like going to meetings. Sound familiar, veterans? It should. These are your main reasons for not getting involved with the American Legion.

I have heard all the excuses and I used them myself. But I know those of you who served your country are proud of it and so am I.

Many veterans, especially Vietnam-era veterans, have kept their service to this country to themselves and have quietly gone about living their lives. I was the same way.

I served aboard a destroyer tender, USS Samuel Gompers, AD-37 and a destroyer, USS Agerholm DD-826, during the Vietnam War in the early 1970s.

When I got out, I didn’t join any of the service organizations. I thought about it, but just didn’t get around to it. Sound familiar?

That ended a couple of months ago when it became apparent that the Alex Klein American Legion Post 88 in Granby was in danger of ceasing to exist without some help. I decided to try to help.

I hope every veteran in Grand County had a chance to witness or take part in some way during the Veterans Ride and the other activities that took place in the county this past summer. Watching that ride go past and seeing all the flags brought a tear to my eye.

It felt good to be in the company of men and women who had served and sacrificed for their country ” a group for whom being a “veteran” was a good thing, a proud thing.

That service makes us all, men and women alike, brothers and sisters who are joined together forever by that one common thread.

So vets, when the country called you to serve, you went. Now I am asking you to serve again and join the Alex Klein American Legion Post 88 in Granby. Join because you served your country and you are proud of it. We are your other family and we’re proud of you, too. We want to see you.

For those who want to join us, please call our membership chairman Steve Pechak at (970) 531-0624.

Hanes M. Dawson Jr.

Vice commander, Post 88


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