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“Spirit of ’45”

By Staff | Jul 27, 2016

To the editor:

As a Purple Heart combat infantry veteran of World War II I appreciate your commendation and thanks to those who fought in that war, as expressed in your July 13 editorial, “Spirit of ’45”.

I will be one of the decreasing number of WWII veterans who will be attending Eryka Aptaker’s gathering on Aug. 14 at the Sanibel Harbour Marriot, as noted in the editorial. We forget too soon not only those who fought for America seven decades ago, but what we fought for: To rid the world of the bigots and bigotry that denigrate, vilify, and demonize specific religions, nationalities, races, ethnicities, and gender orientations, fomenting anger and hate against them, making them targets of discrimination and, ultimately, violence and even murder.

And yet, today, many Americans are seriously considering voting for a political candidate who demonizes a specific religion, denigrates women, and vilifies people of a neighboring nation.

Robert Hilliard

Sanibel