Stanwood’s Purple Heart declaration could have gone further

Recently the Stanwood City Council declared its town a Purple Heart city. It joined Snohomish County and individual cities in the county in this declaration. One council member said that it was “a fantastic show of support for our veterans.” A noble gesture but it also highlights the missed opportunity by city leaders to acknowledge the ongoing efforts to honor Stanwood and Camano Island veterans just outside the walls of city hall.

There is no mention of Stanwood’s American Legion Post No. 92 and its vital service center for veterans of this area provided by its service officer and volunteers who assist hundreds of local veterans to secure benefits or the efforts to repair their historic building.

There was no mention of the ongoing Wreaths Across America campaign the American Legion spearheaded to place bows of remembrance on veterans’ graves at Anderson Cemetery this coming December. Nor any mention of the city’s Veterans Memorial on the grounds of the Stanwood Area Historical Society. There, 50 names of local veterans who gave all for their country are etched. The names of over 225 other veterans, living or deceased, are enshrined on its veterans’ wall by family members.

While all can applaud the action of the Stanwood Council, one can still wonder in amazement how the efforts of those in their own backyard receive no council support or even a declaration of appreciation. They are the Stanwood City Council and understanding the sacrifices of veterans should begin here first, in their own community.

Robin Hanks

Camano Island

Talk to us

More in Opinion

A map of the news deserts of the United States. White dots indicate daily newspapers; darker areas show the counties with the fewest — or no — daily newspapers; lighter areas show areas with more local news sources. (Washington Post)
Editorial: Facebook’s bluff ends hopes for local news support

A threat helped scuttle legislation to pay local newspapers for the news social media profits from.

toon
Editorial cartoons for Thursday, Dec. 8

A sketchy look at the news of the day.… Continue reading

An electric vehicle charges at an EVgo fast charging station in Detroit, Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2022. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
Editorial: Start work now to power electric vehicle future

The goal for more electric cars will require a beefed-up grid and a network of charging stations.

A pedestrian uses the crosswalk at 30th Street NE along 113th Avenue NE near Lake Stevens High School on Monday, Nov. 14, 2022 in Lake Stevens, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Editorial: Stepped-up effort needed to reduce traffic deaths

Lawmakers, local officials and drivers, themselves, need to put more emphasis on traffic safety.

A floating offshore wind turbine platform is part of a six-turbine, 50 megawatt wind farm off the coast of Aberdeen, Scotland. (Starkraft)
Editorial: Answer for environment, maritime jobs blowing in wind

Floating offshore wind farms could be a boon for maritime employers like Everett’s Dunlap Towing.

Harrop: Democrats’ road to White House should start in S. Carolina

It shouldn’t start with Iowa’s caucuses, which are low-turnout affairs with little cultural diversity.

Comment: Why the GOP won’t admit its ‘candidate quality’ problem

Its current dynamics attract few people interested in policy and more who hope to get on Fox News.

Comment: The word ‘art’ isn’t a permit to discriminate

Lawyers for a website designer who won’t do LGBTQ weddings twisted the meaning of a 2017 column.

Comment: Reagan came to back global democracy; follow his lead

His shift in policy aided young democracies. The West should again embrace that course of action.

Most Read