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Letters to the Editor — Three cheers for Wreaths Across America, Baldo, Micah Parsons

1 Wreaths Across America — It was an honor to participate in the Wreaths Across America event at the Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery on Dec. 17.

Patriotism was on full display as citizens gathered to honor, remember and teach about veterans and their service. Thousands attended a ceremony that honored veterans of each service. The master of ceremonies reminded the audience of America’s most prized possession — freedom — bought by the sacrifice of veterans and their families.

After the ceremony, the attendees went to task, laying wreaths at veteran gravesites. Volunteers would lay a wreath and speak the veteran’s name in remembrance. We will not forget those who served our great nation and sacrificed for our freedom.

Many parents brought their children. Grandparents brought their grandchildren. Families made it a family event. This was the “teaching” part of the day — teaching the next generation the value of veterans and their service in hope that the memory will live on.

I was so proud. Proud of my fellow citizens. Proud of my fellow Texans. Proud of my country. Patriotism is alive and well and will continue to deepen with events such as these. Thank you to all those who volunteered.

Semper fidelis.

Michael Brown, Frisco

Ret. Col., U.S. Marine Corps

2 Baldo comics strip — As we reflect on all the things we are thankful for this season, there is one that I would like to share with you. Every morning when I read my paper, the unique and culturally relevant Baldo comic strip always brings a chuckle to my life. Many of us in this country can identify with the characters in this strip.

I’m extremely proud that it is a product of the creative mind of Hector Cantú, a product of the metroplex. He is a former journalist who worked at The Dallas Times Herald and Dallas Morning News before creating Baldo with his partner, illustrator Carlos Castellanos, in 2000.

Baldo makes us all smile each and every morning, and this simple act enriches and extends our life. Thank you, Dallas Morning News and Hector Cantú. My son, a physician in Georgia, who grew up in the metroplex, tells me that he also enjoys Baldo daily. I hope you all do, too.

Irma Reid, Rockwall

3 Micah Parsons — Re: “Cowboy puts gratitude and service into action — Using resources, network afforded to him, Parsons gives back to community,” Nov. 24 news story.

How refreshing it was to read this heartwarming story about the awesome generosity of Dallas Cowboys Micah Parsons providing 1,000 turkeys to needy local families for Thanksgiving. Clearly, Parsons is a terrific professional football player, but more important, he’s a wonderful person with a servant’s heart overflowing with gratitude and loving kindness.

Just imagine how much better our society would be if more highly compensated professional athletes were generous and compassionate role models like Parsons. As mentioned in the story, he sees the big picture and sets an example to do it the right way to change people’s hearts and lives. I am extremely thankful for people like Parsons.

Marshall Edwards, Dallas

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