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Letter of the Day: Remember our allies

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We lost another brave serviceman in Afghanistan last week — U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Harold J. Greene.

This same day, attacks wounded other U.S. servicemen and those of our allies fighting by our side. This included a German general as well.

It is important to remember that our troops are still in harm’s way. It also is important to remember who our allies are in an uncertain world.

It is very simple to determine. Ask who fought and died alongside our soldiers in combat. Then you know who our real friends are.

The following are the nations who had soldiers that gave their lives fighting with us in Afghanistan or Iraq: Albania, Australia, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, El Salvador, Estonia, Fiji, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, Ukraine and the UK.

It also is worth noting that of the world’s 196 countries, only these few were willing to fight and die with us in our time of need. These allies should be remembered in our thoughts and prayers when we pray for our troops.

They put their sons and daughters on the line for us.

We owe them that.

Dana B. Orr

Avon Park

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