Opinion: Veterans and Their Families Urge the Santa Fe City Council to Hang Hometown Heroes Banners

Daniella Cressman

So, apparently, there is a safety concern with hanging veteran banners on specific light poles on Cerrillos road.

While this may be understandable at some level, the problem is that the efforts to find alternative solutions are quite minimal, and many doubt the legitimacy of these safety concerns, especially since other banners of a different nature have remained on other light poles which are very similar and the veterans and families have paid for the honor.

I am someone who honestly opposes war. I don't think it's the right way to go about resolving conflicts and I think it is absolutely horrible.

Despite these views, I have always had an enormous respect for our veterans because they sacrifice so much for our country and, whether I agree with them or not, I feel strongly that they deserve to be honored for their service.

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I wonder just how legitimate this safety concern is myself, especially since it hasn't been an issue for so long.

That being said, solutions need to be found, and fast: Perhaps Cerrillos Road needs stronger light poles to support the veteran banners.

I'm sure there are other places in the city where veterans could be honored, but this issue seems largely politicized in my view, which is unfair to the veterans and their families who have such a strong sense of pride for our country and deserve the utmost respect.

I think a lot of people in Santa Fe probably feel the same way I do about war, but there is something beautiful about honoring people for their conviction, even if you disagree with them. I think that's what needs to be done in this case, even if the veteran banners need to be displayed somewhere else.

In my mind, the matter is urgent.

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