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The Grit: November 5, 1967 – Official Says Support GIs this Weekend

Veterans and citizens were urged Saturday to show support for all American servicemen by driving with automobile headlights turned on over the Veterans Day weekend, November 11 and 12. Maj. Gen, Thomas R. White, adjutant general of Pennsylvania, who is spurring the headlight campaign, stated that the vast majority of Americans are behind our servicemen.

Veterans and citizens were urged Saturday to show support for all American servicemen by driving with automobile headlights turned on over the Veterans Day weekend, November 11 and 12.

Maj. Gen, Thomas R. White, adjutant general of Pennsylvania, who is spurring the headlight campaign, stated that the vast majority of Americans are behind our servicemen.

“We believe that a dignified silent demonstration of this type will show the overwhelming support we have for our men all over the world,” White stated.

The “headlight” demonstration was used recently in New York to counter a variety of peace demonstrations staged around the country. Veterans’ officials said that after news broadcasts, headlights were turned on all over the nation. It was they said, “a mass citizens rebuke to those who suffer ‘give-up-itis’.”

The campaign, nicknamed, “SAS,” “Support American Servicemen” will run from midnight Friday to midnight next Sunday.

White said that recent widespread publicity covering peace demonstrations, draft card burnings, and hippies has aroused every patriotic American with a feeling of frustration.

“The average citizen belongs to no ‘hawk’ or ‘dove’ organizations,” White said. “He has no way to make his feelings known about this business. We hope that all loyal Americans will take this opportunity to show how they feel.”

Both President Johnson and Governor Shafer have signed proclamations urging support for our servicemen during the Veterans Day observance.

Compiled by Lou Hunsinger Jr.

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