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October 17, 2019

9/17/2019 10:41:00 AM
Volunteering can show thanks for freedoms


As I write this letter it is Sept. 11 and the cable stations are filled with broadcasts of the horrors of that awful day 18 years ago.  The memorials and speeches abound and the sentiment for the fallen has been fully expressed by most.  I believe it is important that each year we stop to remember what happened and that we should never let it happen again.  The question is what about the future?

     There are several quotes about the price of freedom and those who shed blood so that others can live free; and these are nice quotes to say and think about.  But who is there to pay the price?  I find it appalling the number of people in this country who are willing to speak ill of the military, the police, firemen, and others who put their lives on the line to defend and protect those who are unwilling to serve their country in any manner.  

     I'm not saying everyone should race out and join the military, but many who are willing to protest the greatest country on earth could at least show a little bit of thanks for their freedoms.  Maybe instead of rioting/protesting they could volunteer at a soup kitchen or join the volunteer fire or police department.  Any positive expression of how they feel about being an American would be a great step forward and much appreciated by those who fought and died for the freedom they seem to take for granted.

     One of the quotes I find most troubling is "Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction."  The question is whether today's generation is the one who will lose it.


Phil Montgomery


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