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Where it really all started

Letter to the Editor published on July 20 in the Payson Roundup


I am sure you receive criticisms for including one item as newsworthy while “discluding” others deemed more important by others. But to have an Independence Day front page lead-in with “It all started with …” when indeed “It” started with something else, namely an 8 a.m., annually observed memorial flag-raising event that has been reported in the past, is an unfortunate over-sight.

While I personally was involved in the 8:30 a.m. public reading of the Declaration of Independence event and appreciative of any news coverage, I recognize a momentum of growing patriotism begun by the flag-raising “over the hill.”

Indeed, I have never witnessed that event in the decade that I have been otherwise occupied. But I think recognition that “It” starts over the hill is critical to appreciating the unabashed patriotism that is reborn in the hearts of home-towners and visitors alike in our Green Valley Park every year.

Bruce Wales

Vice Chairman,
Gila County Libertarian Party