To the Editor:

As a member of American Legion Post 311 in Hawley I disagree with the few members who are basically boycotting the Veterans Day concert.

They did not approach the membership with this as they should have. I have had many phone calls about this and a lot of members are not happy. I have participated in this event for the last few years and enjoyed the patriotism of everyone involved. I regret to say that I missed it last year because I was deployed to New York City for the aftermath of hurricane Sandy. There is no reason we can’t have a moment of silence so everyone can reflect in their own way.

Taking it out on 4th graders is just not right! If you want to take it up with someone then call your representatives and legislators and get it changed. That’s their job. If they’re not doing it then don’t reelect them or run against them on your own platform. My children have participated in this program and it gave me a great sense of pride. My oldest son is now in Marines Basic Training and I am in the Air Force for 22 years now. My nephew is now in the fourth grade and was looking forward to this. His father, grandfathers, cousins, uncles and other family and friends are members, veterans or are still serving.

It’s a sad state of affairs when a few can ruin it for the many. That just goes to show that doing the same thing as those who you disagree with never works. If you’re going to stand on your morals and opinion then do it on your own, not in the name of the organization of which other members do not agree. When you stand on that moral high ground make sure you always do the right things yourself! I am tired of people who stand on their "MORALS and PRINCIPLES" yet allow things to go on right under their nose that they know are wrong but allow it to happen anyway.

Legionnaire and

Past Commander

Fran DeFazio