Chairman Williams: Another Letter They Wouldn’t Publish
by William White Williams
Chairman, National Alliance
THE NUMEROUS Veterans Day celebrations and its federal holiday have passed. The best new piece about this I’ve seen is Kevin Strom’s “Veterans Day 2023” on 10 November.
I had put the following comment on the National Alliance’s small forum, here, a week ago: A Remembrance on Veterans Day:
…[T]omorrow, 11 November, 2023, Americans recognize as Veterans Day, but until 1954 it was known as Armistice Day, officially recognizing the armistice agreement that ended WWI on Nov. 11, 1918. Even though WWI was hopefully termed “The War to End All Wars,” it was anything but. By 1954 Americans had served in both WWII and the Korean War. Armistice Day was changed to Veterans Day on June 1, 1954.
It is a federal holiday for some, so enjoy the day off if you get it.
My local paper here in Upper East Tennessee, The Tomahawk, celebrates local military veterans’ service this week. I was honored for mine and the little ad they ran even included our National Alliance Web site address.
I was pleased with that ad in the 8 November issue and sent the following letter to the editor of The Tomahawk, Mr. Tamas Mondovics. I prefaced the letter thus: “Dear Mr. Mondovics, please publish the 250-word letter below in the next edition of The Tomahawk.”
I would like to thank The Tomahawk for printing the small ad honoring my military service in the 8 November “Celebrating Our Vets” issue. It mentions I was a Green Beret captain in Vietnam, but not that I served two tours there as an infantry combatant or that I had been Missing In Action (MIA) during a prolonged, deadly firefight. Juxtaposed to my ad, oddly enough, is Mr. Mondovics’ photo of the POW/MIA table that was set up at the Special Forces Association event “in remembrance for those unable to attend the event.”
The front-page article by Jinifer Rae in the same edition mentions that there were 12 Green Beret vets in attendance at that 3 November banquet that she covered. I’ve met those physically courageous men; however, I am not welcome among them because I didn’t salute the American flag when we stood together; only they pledged allegiance to it. I honored that flag 55 years ago when as a young man I impulsively fought for it, but no longer.
That flag, to me, has come to represent our once great nation that is now terminally lost, headed to Third World status — with an incompetent figurehead Commander-in-Chief that those elite veterans would follow, if ordered, but that I and an increasing number of Americans will not. I am not jingoistic and look to the future, not to my past. I appreciate that The Tomahawk included in the ad the Web site link to my 50-year-old organization, headquartered in Johnson County.
— Will Williams, Laurel Bloomery
That letter, submitted last week, was not published in this week’s 15 November edition as I’d requested, perhaps since the front-page, top-of-the-fold headline reads “Honoring those who served,” with a couple more articles featuring Veterans Day festivities — or because this veteran’s letter takes issue with the current Commander-in-Chief and what the American flag has come to represent. Tamas Mondovics is buddies with veterans of the local VFW chapter who take a dim view of yours truly, so I’m not surprised it didn’t see print. See my article “An Experience with the VFW” for some background on that.
But when a local paper’s editor does not agree with a letter like mine to the extent that he will not print it, we can publish it here on National Vanguard where it will not be censored — and it will be read by many more people, mostly friendly readers who likely will agree with my point of view. It will be archived here for future NV readers long after this week’s issue of The Tomahawk will have disappeared, used to start fires in subscribers’ stoves and fireplaces.
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