Honor and valor

Re " 'Now we are happy again,' " May 17

Your story was inspiring. Bravo to all members of the Lancaster community who played a role in restoring this memorial and, with it, the honor and dignity of all Japanese Americans who have long since proved their courage and patriotism in our nation's time of need.

The organization I represent is raising funds for a memorial to honor the 40 Latino American recipients of the congressional Medal of Honor, our nation's highest award for valor "above and beyond the call of duty." Their extraordinary sacrifices have never been properly recognized.

Let us hope that such grass-roots efforts may lead all segments of our population to know and value each other, resulting in true and everlasting brotherhood among all Americans.

William D. Lansford

Eugene A. Obregon/

Congressional Medal of

Honor Memorial Foundation

Playa del Rey

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