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KUDOS: For ‘well-done’ Veterans Day publication

| November 19, 2023 1:00 AM

It was inspiring and exciting to read your Coeur d’Alene Press Veterans Day edition. This year’s Press edition was superlative. Outstanding is the word and in U.S. Navy jargon, “Bravo Zulu,” the translation to this is “Well done” in keeping with the best traditions of veterans’ service and military history.

The front page of the Veterans Day edition was especially appropriate: as it included all branches of the military, as well as the official photograph of the U.S. Marine Corps Memorial, the raising of the flag on Mount Suribachi in the battle of Iwo Jima during World War II. 

It was gratifying to read a very impressive article on Tom Freeman, our Kootenai County Service Officer (KCVSO), so deserving of every accolade I can recall. 

I enjoyed reading about all the veterans in the service branches, with many names I recognized, having grown up in the Silver Valley. 

However, the addition was not the only portion of the paper that was very veteran-centric; it began on page 1 of the paper: Patriotic Patchwork, Marine Corps ball, Honor Flight (which I was part of), etc. Incidentally, there is a newspaper publication entitled “Stars and Strips.” It is a newspaper founded in 1942 intended to provide (almost) every U.S. military facility throughout the world, featuring interesting and relevant news, informational articles, and events to our service men and women. Your Nov. 11 Coeur d’Alene Press newspaper, correlated closely with the Stars & Stripe’s objectives in serving veterans. 

On behalf of the Kootenai County Veterans Council, please accept my sincere gratitude and congratulations on your documented Salute To Veterans in such an elegant manner. 

ROY REEL, chairman

Kootenai County Veterans Council

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