Shed on thousands of battlefields, from countless skirmishes is the precious blood of our family, friends, and neighbors. Many live forever young in our minds, which hold dear the memories we have shared and created together. Others have returned home, only to deal with the psychologically tormented moments that they brutally encountered. Their scars are not visible to the naked eye, but still accompany them every minute of every day with little respite.
Many others carry the physical wounds of lost appendages, brain damage, burns, and other disfigurements. Yet, with all these obstacles to overcome, they continue to push forward. All of these brave heroes have sacrificed for us, so that we can maintain our way of life.
One of the great freedoms of our country is what is called “the four-letter word”, and that is the ability to vote. Sadly, less than 50% of the eligible American citizens exercise that right. It is not just a right, but a responsibility. By that, I mean when you vote, it gives honor to those that have served to protect our nation.
To all who read this column or share it with others, I say this to you: To vote also means to be informed. Take the time to research referendums, candidates, and issues. After all of that is done, then:
- Whether you are satisfied with where our country is progressing or not, vote.
- Whether you are satisfied with your local, state, and national leaders or not, vote.
- Whether you support local or state referendums or not, vote.
- Whether you support local millages or not, vote.
So, this November 6, 2018, let us change the paradigm and resolve not only to vote, but be informed.
Veterans’ Day is November 11. What better way to honor all of the men and women who have or are now serving than to thank them by voting. God Bless all of them.