FIRST, in response to any who may have been confused about my voting rant in the last column, let me be more specific in my reasoning, as I have already done for those who took the time to contact me regarding the same.

I referred to votes from a group of temporary residents who are here today and gone tomorrow who decried New Hampshire’s real citizens’ future. (Seasonal employees, students and the like, who in fact are actual citizens of other states, and who cast a vote on national issues and couldn’t care less about our great state, hide behind the word “domicile” which is only a place to hang your hat and park your butt, and are soon gone back to their true states of residency with not even a “thanks but no thanks.”)

I stand by my words. PS: Reaction has been 100% positive (so far). Danke.

Also mucho gracias for the 63rd anniversary wishes extended to my longsuffering bride and me. Don’t know how you found out about it unless you noted the 20x30-foot illuminated sign on our front lawn.

Column runs only the first and third, so happy belated Labor Day to all.

Happy Grandparents’ Day (Sept. 8) to all blessed enough to qualify!

Next Wednesday, Sept. 11, is the National Day of Service and Remembrance — we must never forget!

In case you missed it, Aug. 19 was National Aviation Day, but you can make up for it by wishing a United States Air Force veteran a happy 72nd birthday on Sept. 18.

VJ Day

While I am on a date kick, did you know that VJ Day (Victory over Japan Day) is often celebrated Aug. 14, BUT the actual VJ day is Sept. 2 when the formal papers were signed? Did you know that VJ Day is normally considered the end of World War II, as the enemy surrendered and ceased military action, but an official proclamation by Truman declared the hostilities ended on Dec. 31, 1946? Spring that on your history teacher and see what happens. This might just fill a whole future NH Veterans’ Views column.

Navajo Code Talkers

If you check this writer’s stuff even casually you have to be aware of my hooked-on-history themes and I guess it is because I have been so fortunate as to have lived through so much of it. Case in point: I read an article somewhere a while back (not sure where but unfortunately the memory is the second thing that goes) about the last of the Navajo code boys passing away and it sparked a recollection of how the United States military had solved the problem of our World War II enemies breaking our verbal code systems. Long story short, we enlisted a group of patriotic native inhabitants (Indians are from India in case your phone is out of order) and they turned out to play no small part in turning the tide of many major encounters. Great stuff ... another column?

The anthem and the flag

Sept. 14 will mark the 205th anniversary of Francis Scott Key putting pen to paper and writing a poem that inspired this nation’s militia. Later, music was added and eventually it was adopted as this country’s national anthem.

For those not familiar with this musical number it is the tune played before most public events and most professional sports contests at which time the TV cameras pan the athletes who haven’t a clue to the words, although some are occasionally caught moving their lips. Next time you see a televised international sporting event take note of the national anthem being sung by the non-American team members. You may also strain to see if you can search out a knucklehead kneeler who feels disrespected by the country that has allowed him (and, yes, her) to earn millions thanks to the sacrifice of countless veterans who are, or are close to being, homeless.

Some misguided people call these athletes heroes; I have a different name, which I am not allowed to print (read between the lines). Words of advice to these disadvantaged ingrates: Travel to other countries and show your opinion by placing their flags on the ground and stomping on them. Suggestions: Iran, North Korea, Russia ... pick one. Don’t let the door strike you.

May the God of your choice bless the world’s greatest nation!

Al Heidenreich is past commander of Henry J. Sweeney American Legion Post 2. Write to Al with your questions and comments at

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