Letters: Give brigade a salute
October 29, 2012 5:32PM
Updated: December 1, 2012 6:05AM
A great number of our American forces recently arrived from a war-torn Afghanistan — a moving time of loss, grief and healing. Perhaps you have noticed that any time one of our brave soldiers returns home, a great multitude of families give them a tremendous welcome. This happens throughout the state of Illinois.
The welcome party is often a legion of motorcycles, comrades and veterans. They always make time to unite to welcome home brothers.
I have witnessed the great satisfaction they get — a handshake, an embrace, a big smile of happiness. Friends and family members line up to shout “welcome home!” You can see how it shows in their emotions.
Remember in prayers our fallen comrades. We salute them for bravery. To those brothers we left behind, never forget them.
The live motorcycle brigade composed of veterans will give a high tribute of respect and love. Therefore, when you see a caravan of motorcycles, give them a salute they totally deserve. From the American families and friends, for their remembrance of our brothers — defenders of the freedom we dearly share as we are all one U.S.A.
Felipe “Phil” Garcia
Changes: Good and bad
For a change of pace, let’s check out a few changes in the Joliet area together. Ready?
The big one: Empress Casino going to “Hollywood” and becoming Hollywood Casino. Has a good ring to it — Hollywood in Joliet. Good deal, too.
Downtown Joliet: The Joliet Restaurant is now the Joliet Route 66 Diner. Don’t have to travel to find it. It’s right across the street from the Joliet Public Library.
Then there are the gas pump prices. Changes all the time here. A two-minute stop here fills my tank, but empties my wallet. Yours, too, I’ll bet.
Let’s not forget Mother Nature. She’s getting ready to start painting the changes in leaves — uses lots of different colors. She’s been at the job for years, so she’s good at it.
Raymond F. Stoiber