Veteran Appreciates Hemphill's Support


I would like to take a moment and address the citizens of Transylvania County about a letter that was published last week in this very paper.

My name is Ronald R. Teague. I served 24 years in the United States Army and retired as a Sgt. First Class. I have been a member of the Transylvania County Honor Guard for 11 years.

I met William Hemphill on Memorial Day in Brevard. We talked at length and he thanked me and my fellow veterans for our service. He asked to take a picture with us and asked if we had any objections to him posting the photo. We all agreed that he could. Here is what Mr. Hemphill stated about our photo on social media.

“It is my distinct honor to stand with these true American heroes. Let’s all take the time to remember those that lost their lives defending our freedom and those who continue to serve our great nation. God Bless you and thank you for your service.”

At no time did he allude to an endorsement by the Transylvania County Honor Guard. The reference to Mr. Hemphill using our photo to show the Honor Guard as supporting his political candidacy is not at all what this photo stands for.

I want to clear this up, as I am one of the three men pictured. I do not see where the photo is perceived as an endorsement. We were thanked and honored as veterans. The Transylvania Honor Guard was never mentioned. Mr. Hemphill used the photo in a positive manner on his ad to show his involvement in the Transylvania County community and his respectful honor to all military service members and veterans.

I appreciate Mr. Hemphill’s support and his respect of my service. I mutually respect his service as a Master Trooper with the N.C. State Highway Patrol.

Ronald R. Teague



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