I have thought about writing a letter about this subject over the past several years at this time of the year. It is about spending all the time and money involved in taking wreaths to Arlington National Cemetery to place on the graves to the thousands of veterans buried there, a lot of the wreaths coming from Maine.

To me it is a waste of time and money that could be better spent helping alive and needy veterans. Those who are buried there, we honor with our prayers and actions for veterans still with us. We honor them with love and help.

I feel I must qualify myself: I am a combat veteran of the Korean War and was there in an infantry company all of 1952. I am proud of everyone I served with.

My mind, however, was changed by Pope Francis, who directed us all to work to serve our fellow man, especially the poor. How much better it would be if all that time and money were spent on those who are still with us and in need. We should honored them now, not when they are dead.

Next year, think about it.

Thomas J. Brazier, Waterville