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Letter To Editor - Lee Zeldin Failed To Call Out Trump's Lack Of Respect

To the Editor:

 This is from Member of Congress and veteran Lee Zeldin’s Facebook post for Veteran’s Day:

“Every day should be Veterans Day, yet on this great Veterans Day morning, I would like to thank every US veteran for their sacrifice in defense of our flag and our freedoms on behalf of the greatest nation in the world. It’s hard to imagine that not that long ago, our country spat on our heroes as they returned home from combat. That can never happen again. To our Vietnam Vets, welcome home! Our great veterans deserve our unwavering love, loyalty, and respect for their service not only on behalf of their families back home, but also for strangers to keep the rest of us safe… .” *

While some people did denigrate returning soldiers because of their opposition to the Viet Nam War, our country did not spit on them.  Zeldin can visit the Viet Nam Memorial Wall in Washington to see how our soldiers are honored and cherished. 

However, someone who did spit upon our veterans is our five-deferment president.  He failed to join numerous world leaders in commemorating the end of WW1 at the Aisne-Marne American Cemetery and Memorial  in France where the Battle of Belleau Wood was fought.  The cemetery contains the graves of 2539 known and unknown Americans, and commemorates 1060 dead soldiers.  Why did Trump refuse to attend?  It was raining, so he stayed in his hotel to watch TV instead. 

But Trump is not alone in expressing disdain for the fallen. Lee Zeldin also dishonored them by failing to utter one word of criticism about Trump’s disgusting lack of respect.   This should not be surprising because Zeldin never expresses any opinion that is not in lockstep with Trump’s, but his silence in this instance is particularly shocking.

Ruth A Cohen

Lake Grove

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