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Guess Who’s Coming to the Picnic

City Councilman Mike Shepherd is hosting a District 5 picnic on July 28, but one portion of the flyer makes you wonder if we’re not asking too much of fellow councilman Cecil McConnell.

Hotdogs and Hamburgers grilled by “Master Griller” and
City Councilor Cecil McConnell will be served as well as refreshments

If we really want to get people to retire from the council, I think term limits would be a more humane way to go.

Details about the picnic are available at the link below.

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Remembering Vietnam Vets in Bremerton

A 3/4 scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial wall will be at Miller-Woodlawn Memorial Park off Kitsap Way in Bremerton from Friday to Sunday. Brynn Grimley wrote about it in a story that ran Saturday.

“My brother’s name is on the wall,” (Susan) Jimison said. “So I asked my cousin’s husband to take me out.”Jimison’s older — and only — brother, Mark, was killed during the Vietnam War. He was a helicopter pilot.

On Nov. 11, 1986 I was an intern with Scripps League Newspapers in Washington, D.C., writing stories for small papers around the country. On that day another reporter and I were working, but didn’t have much to cover for the locals, so we made our way over to a ceremony at the wall.

I had been to the wall before, but never among a group who had actually been involved in the war. As a group they seemed separate, grittier than those speaking that day. Much like the group that escorted the replica to Bremerton, a lot of the vets I saw that day were in leather gear.

It rained, hard, and it was cold. One of the speakers mentioned that most people thought the rain in Vietnam was always tropical and didn’t realize that sometimes it rained in weather as cold as the day we were there. When you’re an observer, you watch for reactions. The fellow vets agreed.

Sen. John Kerry was among the speakers. So was Edward Kennedy, though I don’t remember Kennedy there. Chuck Norris spoke. Federal Express flew in 58,132 flowers, one for each name on the wall, out of which was fashioned an American flag.

I got some details about the flowers and Kennedy’s appearance from a Nov. 12, 1986 story that ran in the New York Times. The rest is from memory. The Times story included comments I think many would find relevant today.

“If you can hear me, brothers,” said Fred W. Smith, a Vietnam veteran who is chairman of the Federal Express Corporation, which flew the flowers for the flag from Texas and California, “we promise you that when the inevitable test comes again, the young asked to risk their lives” will have the nation’s commitment “or we will not let them fight at all.”

“Some say the cause for which we fought was not worthy of your lives,” Mr. Smith said. “We pledge to you we will not let those who disparaged our efforts and your sacrifice escape this fateful truth: freedom has a terrible price. Millions now live in tyranny, many in the lands where we fought. We leave it to each conscience as to who was right and who was wrong.

“But we know this: our reason and our riches will not save mankind from a darker fate if we people are not ready to defend the principles upon which democracy rests.”

Throughout the wall’s stay here, people will be reading the names of those listed on the wall.