Many hold the sentiment that despite its shortcomings, the United States is the greatest nation on earth. We agree, both that there is no greater country, and that America does have its fair share of shortcomings.
One of those is how the nation often treats its veterans — sometimes not providing the medical care they deserve from battlefield injuries, sometimes in not providing the benefits they have earned. And for some, providing a final resting place once they and their spouse die.
That is why it is particularly heartening to see the generous donation made by Don and Doris Holder, who have handed over to the American Legion Post 123 the deed to a plot of land near Antioch Baptist Church for the purpose of establishing a veteran’s cemetery for the community. The Holders have said additional land is available, should the need arise.
Not only have the Holders made this donation, but they also have been visiting a few local businesses in town, asking for donations of materials and in some cases, labor, to help develop the cemetery.
This is an incredibly unselfish and patriotic gesture by a man who wants to simply offer a final honor to those who have served the nation, and is a great example of two people stepping in, privately, and filling a public need.