To The Valley News:
Keith Lobdell and John Gereau co-authored a public interest article for the Valley News on July 7 edition titles “Au Sable Valley, Westport schools honor Veterans with Diplomas.”
My name is Michael Morris and yes, I was one of those honored by both the State of New York ad the AuSable Valley High School. The administrators of this school district, the families of these students and the students themselves, have bestowed a great honor on me which I will be forever grateful to them for this honor.
At the time when I first spoke to Mr. Matthew Rogers about this, I had expressed that I wanted no recognition at their graduation ceremony because this was their time to shine, not mine!
That said, let me point out one correction to your article where it is reported that I fought in that “conflict.” That part is incorrect. During my enlistment I did not take part in any combat or hostilities, and to claim that I did would be a falsehood.
Sirs, I know that this was an honest mistake and no malice was intended nor inflicted, and I only ask that you set the record straight.
In closing, please tell all the administrators, family and students of this graduating class of 2012 that I and my entire family wish them all the very best in life.
Semper Fi Delis.
Operation Recognition recipient