As a veteran who has served my country proudly, I am appalled at the decision made by Keene High School Principal James Logan to not allow the 11 graduating seniors who enlisted in the armed forces to wear military sashes with their caps and gowns at graduation.

Even more perplexing were the comments made by School Superintendent Robert Malay, who basically said that he was “reviewing district policies, handbooks and past practices to determine if there is any existing guidance on the issue.” He then goes on to say that he has the “utmost respect for every member of our community and society who serves in the armed forces.”

If this were the case, the decision to allow these students to wear the military sashes should have been a no-brainer. I would have rather seen both Principal Logan and Superintendent Malay err on the side of letting these students wear the sashes even if it were against an existing policy. I’m sure it would have been a lot easier to defend this decision simply by stating that you were proud of the decision made by these 11 seniors to serve our country and wanted to show their support for them as well as for those in our community who serve and have served in the armed forces.

I can tell you from experience that getting through boot camp and the first six months of military service can be tough and a lot of what carries you through the challenges and hardships of being away from home are the support and pride that you get from your family and your community. We want these 11 seniors to know that we stand behind them, proudly and with the utmost of respect.

STEVE ACEVEDO

447 Park Ave.

Keene