April 05, 2020

Work to abolish war

Thank you for the articles “In Tribute” and “In Protest” under the heading of “Mainers respond to war” in the BDN, Oct. 2.

I hope your readers don’t think that “In Tribute” and “In Protest” are mutually exclusive. My great-uncle Dewey Ingerson died at the age of 20 in a gas attack in the battle of Chateau-Thierry in World War I, my father was in the South Pacific for three years in World War II, my brother spent a year in Vietnam in 1969. I lost a close high school friend, a university ROTC classmate, as well as a wonderful boyhood friend in the Vietnam War.

As a veteran myself I feel the best way to show my profound respect for our fallen brothers and sisters is to work as hard as I can with veterans and other people of good will to seek justice for veterans and victims of war, and the best tribute we all can pay is to abolish war as an instrument of national policy.

Gerald Oleson

Member, Veterans for Peace

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