I wish to commend John Burnett, staff writer for the Tribune-Herald, for his article “unforgettable” on July 22. The article brought to focus the sacrifice of the soldiers who served in the Korean War and the grateful citizens of Korea who 60 years later still live as a prosperous free people. The breadth of history and personal testimonies made it a most compelling story.
The testimony of the life and heroic actions of the Catholic priest, Capt. Emil Kapaun, were a beautiful tribute to a selfless man who placed the good of others above his own. It was truly inspiring, but I cannot help but feel that the priest would be anguished to have his actions attributed to seeking his own inner peace.
The truth is Father Emil placed his trust fully in a holy, merciful and loving God. He had no fear of death because he knew he had been given eternal life through Jesus Christ. The man lived as an expression of love and mercy under the worst of circumstances. Father Emil’s purpose in life was not to achieve his own inner peace, but to lead sinful men to a relationship of reconciliation and peace with God.
To attribute his actions to anything less is to degrade his memory.
Jean E. Monnier
Mahalo, E. Hawaii
As chair of the American Cancer Society’s 21st Annual Relay For Life of Hilo, I would like to thank our East Hawaii community for their generosity and support. One hundred and twenty teams participated in this year’s event, raising more than $265,000 (and counting) for American Cancer Society’s research, education, advocacy and patient service programs. The outstanding support received proves that the people of Hawaii are truly committed to the fight against cancer.
I want to applaud the survivors and their caregivers who participated in the opening lap and the survivor recognitions. They are the reason we continue the fight, because each year there can be more and more people living wonderful lives following a diagnosis of cancer.
A special thanks goes to the many Relay For Life volunteers who worked to make this event a success. The Hilo Relay For Life steering committee did an outstanding job putting the event together.
We also appreciate the generosity of this year’s corporate sponsors. Relay For Life would not be possible without them.
Again, thank you for supporting the American Cancer Society, and remember it’s not too early to become involved in Relay For Life next year. Together we will celebrate the lives of those who’ve battled and won, remember those we’ve lost, and fight back against a disease that takes too much.
American Cancer Society,
Relay For Life event chair