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PTO sets up fund for disaster victims

In an effort to come to terms with the recent tragedy that has befallen our Nation, as well as help the children of our community have a sense of empowerment by being involved in the relief effort, the Parent Teacher Organization will be sponsoring a "Penny Drive" to benefit the American Red Cross Relief Fund.

Gallon sized jars will be placed in each classsroom and around the community at interested business locations.

The penny drive will run through the end of September and the funds will be presented to the Red Cross at an assembly at the school.

Concerned persons may call the penny drive chairs — Eileen Eavis (635-9731) or Tracy Wygal (635-0675) — for more information or a jar.

Kate Veillette

Secretary of the PTO

Proud to be an American citizen

First of all I would like to send my prayers and thoughts to all those whose lives were lost in NewYork and Washington on Tuesday, all whose lives have been affected by this, and all our firemen and policemen who are working to save more lives. May God bless you all.

On my way to work Friday morning, I noticed the flags were not flying on our sidewalks. This was the first time I had gone downtown since the tragedy that befell our nation on Tuesday. As with many in our town and country I have been glued to the television hoping for survivors to be found.

My heart was saddened to see our town not showing its patriotism and support for our nation, I made a call to the Chamber of Commerce.

Within a few short hours "Old Glory” was flying high!! Thank you to the Chamber of Commerce and The Legionnaires for helping to get this accomplished for our nation.

I am only 20 years old, I have not lived through any of the wars (Vietnam, WWII, etc) that my parents and grandparents have spoken of all of my life. I have never known what true patriotism was until now. I have never felt the true meaning of what being an American is, until now. I have never felt more Proud to be an American. I have never known what it is to be touched so deeply by our National Anthem, until now.

I attended the Prayer vigil at the Visitor Center Friday evening and was so moved by the amount of people there. All joining together in our Iittle town as one to pray and give support to our fellow Americans. Thank you.

I am Proud. I am Patriotic — I am an AMERICAN.

GOD BLESS AMERICA.

U.S.A! U.S.A! U.S.A!

Nicole Adams

Williams resident

Fly our nation's flag correctly

I, as a resident of Williams for many years, observed our American flag flying in front of businesses at dark. I know you know who you are and there is a proper way to fly our flag. It is a disgrace to our American people that we have no respect for our soldiers that died to keep us free and that is why we fly our flag to be proud of our country. And at the time that our country is in such turmoil‚ and almost at war.

Come on Williams — We are a proud community and a way to show our support for America is to fly our flag properly.

• It is the universal custom to display the flag only from sunrise to sunset on buildings and on stationary flag staffs in the open. However, when a patriotic effect is desired, the flag may be displayed 24 hours a day, if properly illuminated during the hours of darkness.

• The flag should be hoisted briskly and lowered ceremoniously.

• The flag should not be displayed on days when the weather is inclement, except when an all weather flag is displayed.

Have we lost so much respect that we can't remember how to present our flag? And we can't remember our soldiers that died and those walk amongst us crippled from wars they fought, to keep our America beautiful and free. It's a spit in their faces. They shed their own blood for that flag — have we forgotten?

This is one more thing to add to the list of our morals and decency to let slide down the tubes.

Part of our support to our American soldiers is to fly our flag and let them know they didn't die in vain for our American flag and our freedom.

Donna Lutts

Williams resident

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