It is with sadness that I write this letter, sadness regarding more than one event.

My father, Frank Guidroz, passed away in February.

My father was a veteran and also a great patriot.

He saw active duty in Korea and taught his children, of whom I am the youngest, the respect of God and country. For his service and especially being his child, I am forever grateful.

In honor of him and his love for the American flag, the day before his final service I went in search of four additional flags to be given to each child graveside.

I spent the entire day online, on the phone and driving the city and surrounding parishes in search of American flags MADE IN AMERICA, as this was something so important to him.

Needless to say, by 8 p.m. that evening, with no American flags made in America to be found, I regretfully made the purchase of four flags from a big-box store — made in China. The flags are still beautiful, as are all the memories of my beloved father.

My wish is that one day soon we “get back to the basics of what made this country great,” as my father would say, “Buy American, be an American and be proud of what you can do for your country and for your neighbor.”

Mona Laird-Rafeedie

corporate recruiter

Denham Springs