Tom Linnertz, Published June 08 2009
Critic would do better to help outI have just read the letter by Carl P. Cherak commenting on how appalled he was that the ceremony at the Veterans Memorial Bridge on Memorial Day had only five rifles. I am the bugler in the photo. I played at the bridge, the Memorial Hall and five cemeteries on Memorial Day.
I volunteered to play Taps at somewhere around 60 funerals last year, some as far away as Minot, Bis-marck and Minneapolis.
Cherak says he is a veteran, yet I didn’t see him at the bridge or any of the cemeteries. We struggle to get enough rifles every time we do a funeral or color guard activity. We do what we can with what we have to work with. Cherak could help. He could get active in a veterans group and join a color guard. I think he would change his tune.
Talk is cheap. Anyone can criticize. Rather than be “appalled,” maybe he should join the effort, bring a veteran friend, volunteer his time and help remedy the “appalling” situation. I’ll bet he’ll change your tune.