Ken Collins: Now is time for peace |

Ken Collins: Now is time for peace

On Jan. 4, 1961, three U.S. Marines, James Tracey, Mike East and Larry Morris, walked out of the U.S. Embassy to the flagpole and lowered the flag. They folded it and walked away from the grounds.

Watching them were hundreds of people hoping to get visas enabling them to go to America. It wasn’t going to happen.

On Friday, Aug. 14, more than 54 years later, those same Marines, with Secretary of State John Kerry in attendance, returned together to raise Old Glory up another flagpole at another U.S. Embassy, a new one. It was the same city, Havana, Cuba.

We now have begun talking again to our nearest non-abutting neighbor nation.

It is about time. It is about diplomacy. It is about peace.

Ken Collins

Oak Creek

Support Local Journalism

Support Local Journalism

Readers around Steamboat and Routt County make the Steamboat Pilot & Today’s work possible. Your financial contribution supports our efforts to deliver quality, locally relevant journalism.

Now more than ever, your support is critical to help us keep our community informed about the evolving coronavirus pandemic and the impact it is having locally. Every contribution, however large or small, will make a difference.

Each donation will be used exclusively for the development and creation of increased news coverage.