Veterans disturbed by lack of R-E-S-P-E-C-T to fallen hero

By Dan Aznoff | Sep 06, 2018

State Rep. John Lovick (D-Mill Creek) used the funeral for the Queen of Soul as a reference when he described his feelings regarding the lack of admiration the president of the United States displayed for the late Sen. John McCain.

“If there is one word that Aretha Franklin taught us, it was respect. R-E-S-P-E-C-T. We should all have respect and tolerance for others,” Lovick told The Beacon. “There is no room in this world for the actions of people who do not pay proper tribute to a man who gave his life to his country.”

Lovick is a veteran who served 13 years in the Coast Guard. He described McCain as an inspiration to others for his life of selfless service.

Navy veteran Chuck Wright of Mill Creek was less diplomatic.

“As a Commander in Chief he is a disgrace” Wright said following the president’s decision to raise the flag over the White House after just one day until he was pressured by members of Congress and veteran organizations.

The flag customarily remains at half-staff until after the distinguished American is laid to rest.

Don Wischmann, the post adjutant for American Legion Post 2100 in Everett, said he normally supports the president, but said the lack of respect for McCain “is unacceptable.” He described McCain as one of the greatest senators of all time.

“We all know the president did not hold Sen. McCain in high regard,” he said. “But this was not the time for petty matters. He apparently couldn’t let go of his own anger.”

Mill Creek City Councilmember Vince Cavaleri said he has become numb to the behavior of the President.

“He’s like a dog with a bone,” Cavaleri told The Beacon. “The poor man is dead. But he (Trump) refuses to let go.”

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