To the editor:
With the recent Friends of Greenlawn Cemetery Tour and The Salem News’ coverage, renewed recognition has been bestowed upon Spanish-American War Medal-of-Honor recipient and Riley Plaza namesake John P. Riley. I am humbled by the recent attention paid my grandfather, especially as John P. Riley is only one of many deserving service accolades.
With Veterans Day approaching, it is important we recognize the selfless sacrifice millions of Americans have made during our country’s history, putting their lives at risk and on hold to protect us and our democratic way of life. Veterans Day is the day we commemorate and thank those men and women who have served, the many who lost their lives, were injured, or became disabled during service, and the countless others, and their families, who have suffered without physical injury long after their duties have ended.
Veterans, thank you, for making the ultimate sacrifice of putting your country’s priorities above your own.
To Tom Dalton of the Salem News, Mayor Kim Driscoll, Christine Lutts and Pat Donahue, co-chairs of Friends of Greenlawn Cemetery, Kim Emerling, Salem veterans agent, representatives of the VFW and Friends of Greenlawn Cemetery tour guides Richie Stafford and Polly Wilbert — thank you for considering John P. Riley and his service worthy of recognition.
John P. Riley