Civil Air Patrol deserved photos

Letter to the editor

Posted: Tuesday, July 13, 2004

I was surprised and disappointed that among all the Fourth of July parade photos of kids, dogs, clowns, and more kids, dogs, and clowns - there was not one photo of the grand marshals and their escorts, the Civil Air Patrol. My son is a part of that organization, and the ribbons and medals on his Full Class A uniform were earned by many hours of dedication and testing in the three years he has been a cadet. His longtime buddy, Jake Abbott, who was opposite him (also in a Full Class A uniform) has been a cadet for four years and recruited my son into the program. In all, there were eight CAP members and one senior member in the parade.

To be chosen as one of the Grand Marshals speaks for itself. However, most people don't realize that the Civil Air Patrol is the official auxiliary of the United States Air Force. Its members achieve degrees of progress in leadership, aerospace education, physical fitness, moral leadership and activities.

On such a day of our country's celebration, I would have thought this entire group would have been on the front page of the Empire.

Connie Tonsgard


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