Ad-Express and Daily Iowegian, Centerville, IA

June 13, 2013

Remember those who protected freedom

The Daily Iowegian

---- — Dear Editor,

A week ago was Memorial Day and a special service had been planned for the Unionville Cemetery but had to be cancelled because of the weather.

It seems appropriate we be reminded concerning Memorial Day, a time to remember to honor all those Americans who gave the ultimate sacrifice to establish and defend our freedoms. Also, it is a time to remember many Americans who served our country in peace and conflict to protect our country. And it is a time to remember our veterans who wore our nation’s uniform.

But to many people, this is just another holiday with little thought of the price paid for our freedoms. During WW II and other wars since, millions answered the call of the military and many gave much to defend our freedoms. Americans are still laying their lives on the line to protect peace and liberty.

One of our greatest freedoms is religious freedom. It is interesting to consider that America is unique because this was the first nation in the history of the planet to have religious freedom. To us it seems commonplace but in many countries, religious tyranny still prevails.

As we remember our freedoms, which so many have given so much to to defend, we must remember the One who is responsible for our freedoms, the invisible hand of God whose providence brought our forefathers to Plymouth Rock and established this nation.

We are reminded freedom is not free and we remember and honor all who gave so much for our freedoms. We must continue to cherish our great country, the greatest country in the world. May God continue to bless America.

Yours truly,

Lawrence Powell