To the Editor:

I was so disappointed, that for the second year that Keizer has hosted the Festival of Lights parade, there was NO American Flag honored to begin the parade.  How sad for the younger generation that they are not being taught our heritage and pride for our country.

Whether you believe in the policies of our government, or the politics of the day, the flag still stands for freedom, saluting it still shows respect and honor to our military personnel, past and present, and the noticeable absence is teaching our children that our flag and what it stands for has no part in our daily life.  How sad!

Naomi Smith