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LETTERS

Trump goes AWOL twice, first in France, then at Arlington

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Bill Hiemer

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Our commander in chief recently was absent without leave. Twice.

The first time was on Saturday, Nov. 10, in France, when, due to inclement weather, he did not make a planned visit to the Aisne-Marne American Cemetery, where 2,288 named American warriors are buried, along with another 1,060 known only to God. This sacred memorial is near the site of the historic Belleau-Wood World War I battle, a defining event in both U.S. Army and Marine Corps history. America's finest, at times resorting to hand-to-hand combat, turned back the Germans in a battle that was the beginning of the end of the Great War.

Then, on Sunday, Veterans Day, a time when hundreds of thousands of Americans gathered around our country to honor all those who have served and are still serving, our commander in chief was again AWOL, this time from traditional services at Arlington cemetery.

Fortunately, the United States of America has been, and continues to be, blessed with many brave men and women who have the character necessary to proudly wear our uniform and be true American heroes. Character not found in our current president.

Bill Hiemer

Elizabeth City 

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