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As usual, Americans "honored the fallen" on Memorial Day by placing flowers and small flags on the graves of those who "gave all" to defend the "freedoms we enjoy." Parades and speeches were also part of the mix, and flags flew at half-staff in what was a one-day event.

Congress and certain state governments, however, dishonor these dead year-round by ignoring our immigration laws, rewarding people here illegally with amnesty, driver’s licenses, work permits and instate tuition while nearly 50 million working-age Americans remain out of our workforce.

After our small band ended its May 26 performance with Lee Greenwood's "Proud to be an American" in the clubhouse of the Dutch Hollow Lake Property Owners Assn, my wife said a woman sitting the back of the room had tears in her eyes. But when was the last time this woman contacted her members of Congress to express concern about our irresponsible and dangerous immigration policy, or any other major issue?

So I'm wondering, do the federal government's actions, and our own apathy, provide a reason for any of us to echo Greenwood's proclamation that we are "proud to be an American?"

Dave Gorak, La Valle

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