To the Editor:

This last week, from June 20 to June 27, has been a roller coaster in our town. On June 20, as I waited at the Elks Club for the Honor Flight participants we were honoring, I learned that my neighbor, Trooper Jerry Smith, had been killed in an auto accident. That day, the citizens of our community came out to hold flags and thank those Honor Flight Veterans for their service to our country. On June 27, the citizens came forth again, this time to Honor Jerry Smith for his service to the citizens of our state. Your coverage of the death and funeral plans for this trooper, resulted in hundreds of people gathering to honor Trooper Smith. Your pre-arrival articles on the Honor Flight coming to Scottsbluff let our citizens become aware of the Veterans trip to Washington, D. C. They were to visit the memorials that were built for them. You encouraged citizens to come forth in Scottsbluff.... to hold flags, make signs, shake hands and to show their appreciation to those Veterans for their service to our country. Thank You.

Barb Goldman


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