Reader says protestor’s words are ‘a slap in the face’

First, I would like to say that I truly believe in our right to protest, and I have exercised that right at times in my life. But what Mr. Bondhus did, in my opinion, was a slap in the face of every veteran who has served to protect our right to protest.

For the ones that have given the ultimate sacrifice, he has defecated on their graves. My son, father, father-in-law, brother, brothers-in-law, cousins, uncles and grandfathers served in the military, like so many families in this country.  I have worked with many World War II vets and Korean War vets, and my best friend is a Vietnam vet.

They all served this country with honor and some have memories that haunt them every night. Barry, you could have served your country in many ways that wouldn’t have placed you in the front lines. Instead, what you did to the office staff at the Elk River Draft Office is unspeakable. I cannot write the words in this paper!

For all that have made it easy for you, I will thank them for you, because, sir, you will never understand the sacrifice of so many. We just buried another true hero from Minnesota. You should be ashamed of yourself and for the fact you have no remorse now. — Terry Zerwas, Elk River