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Scranton: Because of You

Lance Scranton / For Craig Press
Lance Scranton
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It’s already election season and I could rant and rave about any particular group whose political bent either confuses or defames my traditional sensibilities.

But, regardless of my particular identification as a Republican, Democrat, or Independent, it’s because of our Veterans that I get to choose. Something special takes place each Monday around this time at our local high school. Organized by the Social Studies Department made up of James Neton, Karen Chaney, Tyler Seislove, and Brian Jennings; we take time to honor those who have served in the military.

Veterans Day has become a celebrated tradition at Moffat County High School with soldiers as far back as World War II being honored for their service to our country. Like the stories they tell, it’s possible to understand just how special our form of representative democracy has held us in place for so many years. Their love of country, of our values, of our position in the world; each soldier served so that freedom in its most correct form can have existed for so many years. We sometimes disagree, we argue, we fight, we accuse, we even defame, but freedom allows for justice to find a place in the grand scheme of liberty.

No people or form of government ever will be perfect, but the values we hold as foundations of our American experience are protected by the soldier in a far away land who tells other people from other countries about America.

Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness as inalienable rights?

Now that’s worth fighting for and the export of our ideals has had the cumulative effect of so many people from different countries wanting to be a part of the American Dream.

The soldier is a human being like us, flawed by nature, imperfect by design but standing for us as they do. We should feel a deep sense of respect and honor because they do for us that which we benefit from in so many ways but can never really appreciate, unless it is lost.

Freedom simply means the opportunity to have the protected ability to choose a way forward. For all their sacrifice, commitment and duty, I salute them the best way I know how: by remembering their sacrifice, exercising my choices respectfully, and regarding the privileges of our democratic republic as truly important and worth protecting. But, all made possible because of our veterans.

Thank you for your service to our country. Because of you, we stand to honor our flag, sing the national anthem, recite the Pledge of Allegiance, and continue a long tradition of understanding that sacrifice is required for freedom to remain.