I would like to take this opportunity to thank the residents of Lewis County for taking time out of their busy schedules to support the Uncle Sam sign and freedom of speech this past week.
There were many individuals involved in organizing the group of people that showed up on June 23, 2020, at Bethel Church. I would like to acknowledge the hard work by Napavine Chief Chris Salyers, Sheriff Rob Snaza, Chief Deputy Bruce Kimsey and all law enforcement involved in the evening events. Sheriff Snaza and Chief Kimsey addressed the crowd that they were there to protect the freedom of free speech and our rights to own property. I would also like to thank Roger Morningstar, Chief of Police in Morton and Bob Bozarth for their support as well.
The Uncle Sam sign has been a part of my family for many years, my father Alfred fought to keep it along I-5. A fight that he endured a total of three times, each time he won the fight based on the sign being on private property. Now, individuals want the sign removed because it offends them. If we remove every billboard and statue that offends someone, what history will be left for us to learn from and remember what we have fought for.
The Uncle Sam sign is part of Lewis County history, history that I intend to keep with the help of the Lewis County residents who respect their rights to free speech, right to bear arms and the right to own property.
Thank you residents and law enforcement of Lewis County for respecting and protecting our rights.
Sincerely, Mike Hamilton, Manager of Hamilton Corner I, LLC.