From a Letter to the Editor authored by Peter Mirandi published in the Salem News, May 23, 2017.
The famous poster stating, “I Want You”, is perhaps the most successful marketing tool in American history. A war machine was recruited time and again with a request from Uncle Sam, in his stars and stripes top hat.
This is a patriotic appeal too. An appeal to answer the call of our civic duty. It targets children and adults of all ages; it matters not if you are male or female or if your abilities are limited. You need only the patriotic means to assist your Town, City or neighborhood in preparing to remember the people who died while serving in the country’s armed forces. Next week volunteers of every stripe will help decorate gravesites of veterans.
Then comes Memorial Day and it is now that I ask you to conjure the image of Uncle Sam. This appeal is for civilian veterans to rise to the occasion and march like we did in boot camp or on drill fields, decks, or in battle. We must again answer the call. Spectators are always moved by the site of the men and women who served to protect our way of life. Perhaps now, as much as ever, Uncle Sam calls, “I Want You” to keep the local spirit stirred.
I urge you, regardless of your military experience, to seriously consider that our duty carries on. Please answer the civic call to march on Memorial Day and for that, a grateful community thanks you.
Peter M. Mirandi
Veterans Service Officer