It's with a sad heart that I write this letter having been born and raised in Napa some 77 years ago, along with four other siblings. As a young child, I remember hearing people talk about friends or relatives they lost in the war or had returned wounded. In school, we learned to salute the American flag with our hand over our heart or when the national anthem was played. We learned early in life to respect and love our country.

Thinking back to all who have lost their lives or suffered wounds through the actions this country has been involved in, it is impressive that we have not had a war on our soil. Is there a group in our society that would promote turmoil, animosity, dissension, and all other forms of hate? Just look around at events that are happening every day. I think that if one does not believe in our country or choose not to honor those who have given their lives for us, you should leave.

Not long ago, I lost my uncle who was a veteran and wounded in World War II. He had suffered gunshot wounds and shrapnel wounds during a landing in the Pacific. In all the years I was near him, he never complained or had a negative thing to say about our country. Finally, late in life, a piece of shrapnel traveled from where it had been lodged, ending his life. God rest his soul.

On a current note, this brings me to the sports' teams showing their dishonor. They disrespect our national anthem and the many who have given their all so these players could make millions; they use multi excuses for their behavior. Why do people support them? I, for one, will not.

Henry Durbin

Napa

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