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Speaker has proved his support of veterans

March 16, 2014

Public Forum:

Who should you support for mayor of Brookfield? For me, that is an easy choice.

I am a Vietnam veteran who served in the Marine Corps (1965-69)and Semper Fidelis, "always faithful," means a great deal to me.

When this community was debating the flying of the POW/MIA flag with the American flag in the Civic Plaza, Alderman Steve Ponto at the time referred to the POW/MIA flag as the "flag of shame." He did not want it displayed. Jeff Speaker (then mayor), on the other hand, listened to the concerns of veterans who spoke at the Common Council meeting.

He came up with a solution to give the POW/MIA flag its own standard and plaque to explain the significance. This solution was a positive step that honors all veterans who served and especially those who bear the honorable badge of "prisoner of war" or those who might still be "missing in action."

Veterans of Brookfield, your choice is an easy one. Support someone who has supported you.

Donald Adams

Brookfield

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