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Your letters: 9/11 monument maintenance disappointing

I was recently in your city and since I've been visiting there over the past 40 years, I have followed your growth. Your city has grown and appears to be very progressive. However, one visit to the little cemetery (I think it is referred to as the "village cemetery") I began to question my thoughts. I am referring to the beautiful monument dedicated to those who died in the 9/11 attack. My heart sank when I saw how unkempt it was - the dying plants, the old dried up weeds and grass around little trees that are attempting to survive and the once beautiful benches that are so weathered they may pose a safety issue.

What disturbs me is that your beautiful progressive city is not honoring those men and women who protect our freedom which has allowed your freedom in making the progress you've made. The VFW Post No. 4020, your city and the funeral home have placed a beautiful memorial in an appropriate place. However, you all have fallen short of one important followup, that being maintenance. I don't know if there were donations involved or if just the above-mentioned entities funded the project. If there are donated funds to such an honorable cause, I'm sure several share my disappointment.

With all of your city planning meetings and council meetings, is it possible to cut them 10-15 minutes short and go out and spend those few minutes of your time to honor those who have given this country so much?

Thank you to all who've served in various capacities and to all the men and women, past, present and future, who have served.

K. Bowman,

Miles City, Mont.