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The Hazleton Standard-Speaker - - OPINION - Ed Per­gosky HA­ZLE­TON

Editor, I would like to con­vey my deep­est grat­i­tude to the fol­low­ing or­ga­ni­za­tions that rec­og­nize and show re­spect to the Amer­i­can vet­er­ans, es­pe­cially the ones that I have or did have di­rect con­tact with on dif­fer­ent oc­ca­sions. In al­pha­bet­i­cal or­der:

■ Ad­vance Auto, for their com­pli­men­tary vet­er­ans dis­count.

■ Amer­i­can Le­gion, self-ex­plana­tory, plus the fact most peo­ple do not know their full ex­tent with pub­lic re­la­tions. Also, I thank them for hon­or­ing the vets with Pur­ple Heart com­bat wounded vet­er­ans park­ing signs.

■ Ap­ple­bees, for their vet­er­ans din­ner.

■ Boscov’s, for their vet­er­ans dis­count.

■ Fly­ing Aces Mo­tor­cy­cle Club. They too have con­trib­uted to the vet­er­ans in var­i­ous ways, es­pe­cially in re­spect and at­tri­bu­tions. I know this my­self as a fact.

■ Ha­zle­ton Area High School, for their out­stand­ing prepa­ra­tions to­wards a de­light­ful break­fast and a well-pre­pared pro­gram af­ter­wards. Thank you very much, se­nior class, and all that are in­volved to make this sin­cere thought­ful­ness a re­mem­brous one. (I was at all of them).

■ Ha­zle­ton Hyundai Auto. This is a spe­cial thank you for the more than one way that you have con­trib­uted to vet­er­ans.

■ Home De­pot. Thank you for the vet­er­ans dis­count.

■ Le­high Val­ley Hos­pi­tal and the Le­high Val­ley Well­ness Cen­ter. Thank you for show­ing ap­pre­ci­a­tion with the Pur­ple Heart com­bat wounded park­ing signs.

■ The pub­lic. I am greatly hon­ored with the hand­shake and the thank you for my serv­ing in the Army. To my sur­prise it is the pub­lic of all ages. Thank you.

■ Vet­er­ans Ad­min­is­tra­tion Med­i­cal Cen­ter, Wilkes-Barre. Thank you for the decades of med­i­cal care of­fered to me, which in tur n at my age of 85 I can write this let­ter to all con­cerned. There may be plenty more of these let­ters to come.

■ Vet­er­ans of For­eign Wars. They too are self-ex­plana­tory. Their con­tri­bu­tions to vet­er­ans as well as the pub­lic is beyond ex­pec­ta­tions. Lit­tle does the pub­lic re­al­ize this. Ask any or­ga­ni­za­tion such as the Red Cross, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, and above all one in sin­cere distress. The list goes on.

There are prob­a­bly many more or­ga­ni­za­tions not men­tioned. I do not know. I know only of these that I, a Pur­ple Heart com­bat­wounded vet­eran (Korea), have en­coun­tered in per­son.

You fly the Amer­i­can flag. You do not wear it!

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