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We must think of our veterans and our honorably fallen


On Dec. 17, the Watertown Daily Times had an article in their newspaper entitled, “Workers say charity gave little money to veterans.” As I read this particular article, I became disappointed by it. It seems that their organizations gave little to the veterans of the funds that they collected. Also the workers were ill-treated as they worked to help raise the funds. With unity and peace being rooted at the base of our country, I see this as dishonor to those military groups that served our country and are now in need of support in their lives.

I would like to add to this article the following. Recently a beautiful gift was bestowed upon me from the Semper Fi Fund by the commanding officer of the wounded warrior regiment. It was a gold ornament to hang on my Christmas tree in memory of my precious son, Marine Corporal Kelly Matthew Cannan, who was killed in action on April 20, 2005. Now, I would like to write about the ornament that has been engraved with the impressing words, “Serving those who preserve our freedom.” It was inscribed in the bright code color of red. In the center are two arms embracing the heart within a larger shaped purple heart with the Marine symbol “Semper Fi” with the same bright code colors of red. The Marine emblem Iwo Jima (Flags of our Fathers) is placed on each side. Also enclosed was a small Christmas gift card with the words inscribed, “Thinking of you during this holiday season and all throughout the year.”

Dianne Cannan


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