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Freedom isn’t free

Veteran’s Day, originally known as Armistice Day, was created in recognition of the ending hostilities of World War I. In 1918, on the 11th day of the 11th month an armistice was declared between the Allied nations and Germany. In 1938 Nov. 11 became a federal holiday in the United States and in June 1954 the holiday was officially changed to Veterans Day, a day to honor American veterans of all wars.

We are fortunate to enjoy many liberties and freedoms in this country. In the United States we have the right to openly disagree with our leaders, our laws and even to take a knee during the national anthem. While we may not agree with another person’s opinion we do agree and support their right to their opinion, and the right to voice that opinion, without the fear of incarceration or further punishment, for voicing that opinion in a civilized manner.

These freedoms are made possible by the sacrifices of our veterans, the men and women in the service who put their lives on the line for us, and deserve our utmost consideration. When you voice your opinion, take a stand against or for a cause, take a moment to reflect on the sacrifice made by so many that enables you to voice that opinion and proceed with the caution and respect that sacrifice deserves.

Freedom isn’t free. There is a price to be paid and that debt has been paid for by our veterans. When you see a veteran, don’t be shy or in too much of a hurry, take time to offer a handshake and a sincere thank you for their service.

To all those who have sacrificed in the past and those who continue to sacrifice today so that we may enjoy our many freedoms and privileges, we thank you. We owe a great debt of gratitude to each and every one of you.