I drove to Willamette National Cemetery with a heart of gold that we are honored to have this national cemetery near our community. The Bill of Rights and the U.S. Constitution grant us a great deal of freedom: of speech, religion and press.
As I drove to the “Avenue of the Flags” where we honor over 180,000, Boy Scouts from the Portland area had placed flags and geraniums on each honored gravesite. I was honored to be there.
As a 4-year-old granddaughter placed geraniums and a flag on each grave, now that I am 84 years old, I can appreciate that back on the farm country of Wisconsin where I grew up.
I traditionally placed red geraniums (six) and flags on each of my honored late husbands, Dr. Harold Eugene Smith, M.D., and Edwin C. Zoll.
I am honored to live in Clark County and have The Columbian delivered every morning in respect to our wonderful community, where I have lived since 1965 and now I can count my blessings.
We can appreciate our veterans, and we pay special tribute to each of you for advancing the universal hope of freedom and liberty for all.