December 7, 1941 -- The attack on Pearl Harbor -- was a day that has remained in infamy. Very few servicemembers who personally remember that day are still among us. The American Legion Auxiliary encourages everyone to do what they can to keep Pearl Harbor a part of our national consciousness.

Many brave servicemembers were asleep or about their morning routines when the Japanese bombers delivered a blow that would decide America’s involvement in World War II. More than 2,400 servicemembers died during the attack.

I invite you, along with members of the American Legion Auxiliary Unit #69 Arlington, to take a moment and remember the men and women who lost their lives that fateful day.

American Legion Auxiliary members have dedicated themselves for nearly a century to meeting the needs of our nation’s veterans, military and their families both here and abroad. They volunteer millions of hours yearly, with a value of nearly $2 billion. As part of the world’s largest women’s patriotic service organization, Auxiliary volunteers across the country also step up to honor veterans and military through annual scholarships and with ALA Girls State programs, teaching high school juniors to be leaders grounded in patriotism and Americanism. To learn more about the Auxiliary’s mission or to volunteer, donate, or join, visit www.ALAforVetrans.org

CAROL STROFFOLENO

Membership and Veterans Chairman

Arlington

Harrington is not all wrong

We read all the rhetoric about Ken doing a great disservice to the town of Shaftsbury. Here’s what Ken is doing. He is representing and serving the working people of Shaftsbury who have to scratch to pay their taxes. There are still working people in Shaftsbury. Sometimes it’s hard to believe.

CHARLIE BECKER

Shaftsbury We are all part of a democracy

I do not usually write to the Bennington Banner, but after reading the Dec. 3 paper, felt compelled to do so.

Mr. Jared Della Rocca’s letter was certainly an eye opener for me. So, Mr. Della Rocca, a little background on one of Shaftsbury’s voters.

I am a native Vermonter of seventy-eight years and I have always voted, since I was of an eligible age. Our Constitution gives us certain rights and freedoms: religion, freedom from want, and speech to name a few. Part of my freedom of speech encompasses my votes in town government. I know we can’t always think alike, dress like or live alike, if you can see where this missive is going. It would be a dull world. That’s why we have governing boards and committees; to plan and execute ways to better our town, per voter approval. We are all part of a democracy.

No one and I mean no one can tell me how to vote or sway my vote once I’ve made up my mind. I wonder how many changed their vote on Dec. 3rd because of Mr. Della Rocca’s letter?

ELINOR HYJEK

Shaftsbury