Patriot Day attendees give views on ISIS threat

AUSTINTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – As the situation with ISIS escalates in the Middle East, some are questioning if our country is headed to another war.

Thursday was a day to celebrate those who put their lives on the line to protect or country at the annual Patriot Day celebration at the Quaker Steak and Lube in Austintown.

“It’s humbling to see all the veterans come down here. I think it’s a great event for the Mahoning Valley,” event organizer Ken Jakubec said.

Although they celebrate those who have made it home, people remember those who didn’t and hope that the current war is the last one.

“I don’t want to see any of our guys going back and fighting another war. I think we have exhausted that already,” Pam Graham said.

She understands that may not be the case. With the threat of ISIS taking the lives of Americans, she and others watch the White House closely.

“I am afraid for what is going to happen to our country,” Graham said.

Graham doesn’t want to see one more troop on the ground and would rather the U.S. continue its airstrikes.

“I think right now that’s the only option to have, yes,” she said.

So does Marine Bob Molnar, who doesn’t want to see any more U.S. casualties in the Middle East.

“We see many good people dying, young kids. War is never good,” Molnar said.

But if the order is given, he knows that his fellow Marines must follow it.

“Prepare for the worst, hope for the best, but we are ready to do what we need to do,” he said.

As European leaders meet at the NATO summit to discuss the situation, there is a new U.S. concern: Whether the Islamic State group and other terrorists could get a hold of chemical weapons if Syria is hiding any stockpiles

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