Remembering The Men & Women Who Guarantee Our Freedoms

letter-to-the-editorIn the fast-paced world in which we live it becomes all too easy for many to take our American way of life for granted. Folks just don’t stop to think about the sacrifice that it takes to-maintain our democracy.

We’re free to worship where we chose and we enjoy the right to elect those who represent us in our governing bodies. We can shop where we please and travel as we wish. We are free to pursue our occupational goals and the education necessary to achieve those goals. We enjoy the rights of free speech and assembly and many other freedoms too numerous to list.

Our freedoms, however, are priceless and are only secured by the men and women who serve in our Armed Forces. These individuals willingly take up arms to protect our great nation and its people from all threats. They face challenges on a daily basis that the majority of Americans could never imagine and it is only fitting that we take a little of our precious time to thank them.

This Veterans Day, numerous ceremonies will be held throughout New Jersey recognizing the men and women who have served as members of our military forces. Local posts of the American Legion will be sponsoring many of those services and I would like to encourage our fellow citizens of New Jersey to attend such a service as a visible display of their appreciation for the men and women who have contributed so much to ensure that we may continue to exercise the many freedoms that our Constitution provides.

Richard Zalinkanskas
New Jersey
State Commander of The American Legion

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