To the editor: For me, around this time of year, the Christmas spirit is often dampened by the notification of the passage of one or more of my fellow Marines. It seems that in response to my Christmas card mailings, surviving spouses sometimes write back, telling me that their husband, a fellow Marine and friend that I served with, passed away.

We of the World War II and Korea generations are fading fast and those who remain in this great country of ours seem to be more interested in receiving than giving. It distresses me to see the prospects of America’s future in the hands of the “entitlement” generations, who seem more interested in their wallets and comforts than in the sacred oath those of us who served took to “preserve, protect and defend the Constitution.” At our advanced ages, there is little we can do except to exhort those that follow us to “carry the torch.”

As along with Christmas greetings, my best wishes and blessing for you and yours and also for those members of our sister services of our generations, I wish you health and comfort in your remaining years. Take care of yourself. There are few of us remaining in America, and more than anything else, America needs us.

Jake Williams

Capt. USMC, Rtd.

Betterton

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