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Letter: Many forget veterans fought for free speech

Many forget veterans fought for free speech

To my fellow veterans: When considering how you react to those protesting social issues during our national anthem, remember the adversaries most of us faced when we served. My father and uncle fought in World War II against regimes that tolerated no dissent from anyone. Concentration camps testify to that fact. Many then faced off against North Korean and Chinese forces that severely punished those who failed to follow the party line. My generation faced off against systems that used gulags, intimidation and murder to silence any form of opposition. Now ask yourself before you condemn those who take a knee as a form of protest: Is your opposition more like what we fought for, or what we fought against? Just asking!

Peter Loomis

Buffalo

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