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AS GENERATIONS PASS, LOVE FOR NATION ENDURES

One of my most precious memories of the century will be of my father on Labor Day. We always attend the Clarence Center Fireman's Parade as a family. As we sit and watch the parade, my dad takes his cap off and holds it over his heart each time the American flag passes by.

This is one of those moments when I understand what this country is about, as well as what my father is about. He was born in the '20s, the son of an immigrant father. He honors this country and shows his respect -- and I feel his pride.

As generations pass, I hope we never lose this love of our great country. With such a small-town simple act, I have been taught to be a proud American. We are about family and country.

DONNA GIGLIA CASSANO
Williamsville