On Nov. 11, we remember Veterans Day, a day for Americans to honor all those who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces. It is a day to commemorate the end of World War I. It is a day to honor our veterans for their patriotism, love of country and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good.
It is not time for disrespect.
Sadly, hitting very close to home for J&P Cycles’ Anamosa headquarters, vandals destroyed a veteran’s memorial in front of the Jones County Courthouse on Nov. 4. Shortly before 6 a.m., county auditor Janine Sulzner discovered that 10 flags that stand around the war memorial had been cut up, including one American flag.
I cannot imagine what would compel anyone, especially within a rural community such as Anamosa, Iowa, with a population of 5,500, to destroy flags that symbolize our freedom. Was it hatred against our country? Teenagers who have no respect for our country or veterans? Was this act committed by a group or a single offender? Was it an adult or juvenile? What is the punishment? Will the perpetrators get caught? With the case under investigation, I hope we hear answers soon.
“It’s just a slap in the face,” Bill Goodman, a local veteran, told local news reporters. “And really undeserved and I’m sorry to see this happen.”
In hurried fashion, the three organizations who worked together to install the memorial in 2001, AmeriVets, the VFW and the American Legion, worked hard over the weekend to replace them. The Jones County Sheriff’s office is investigating the incident and have not made any arrests. View the full news story here.
In honor of all veterans who have served, may we all take a moment to remember and reflect on the time spent, sacrifices made, lives lost, hope created and challenges conquered. On behalf of the team members at J&P Cycles, I’d like to extend a sincere thank you to all of our veterans, past, present and future.