Loyalty Day Brings Out Reaction to President Bush's War Decision

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Loyalty Day is a special day for the reaffirmation of loyalty to the United States and the recognition of the heritage of American freedom.

Loyalty day is officially observed on May first but in order to have full participation in parades and festivities it is usually celebrated the weekend before.

WBKO set out to see where the community's loyalties lie, and what they think of President Bush's decision to veto a bill including withdrawal dates for troops in Iraq.

W. F. Cannon is a former State Commander and strongly supports Bush's decision to stay in the war.

"I am loyal to the government and as it was once said many years ago it's my country right or wrong but whether she's right or wrong it's still my country and i support it", said Cannon.

But there are others out there who think it's time we bring our troops home.

"I think we really need to support our troops because they are fighting for our freedom but i do think we've been there too long and I think it's time for them to come home", said Benita Daniel.

Cannon feels if we pull out now we are going to have a bigger mess to clean up than we had to start with.

"Yes I think we should stay in. I don't know that we can win it but know we can come to satisfactory conclusion it won't be by pulling the troops out", Cannon said

Daniel says she feels the country is loosing the battle in Iraq.

"I think the war over there is never gonna stop, there will always be fighting with each other they always have been and they always will be" Daniel said.

Cannon says he can find similarities between the Vietnam war and the war in Iraq.

"Were going through the same thing that drug us down in Vietnam people are not supporting our government", Cannon said.

Daniel says it's not that she doesn't support the troops....she just feels enough is enough.

Congress will send Bush a bill next week that contains a troop with drawl timetable. President Bush has already promised to veto the bill.

In response, Democratic lawmakers are turning to Republicans for help in crafting a new Iraq spending bill that Bush won't reject.

One idea attracting bi-partisan support includes political and security benchmarks that Iraq's government would have to achieve.