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LETTER: Thank a veteran

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To the Editor:

I believe all Americans and our country would benefit by reading more about our first American veteran, George Washington. What his life was about, what he went through, the hardships, the battles and accomplishments serving his country which he loved so dearly. He led the Continental Army to victory over Great Britain and became the first President of the new country, the United States of America.

When I read how our first veterans serving with Washington during the War of the American Revolution were starving and losing fingers and toes from freezing. Marching in snow and on frozen rough ground that cut into their feet as their shoes had no soles left, but determined to fight on for freedom and liberty. I wonder do we know what freedom and liberty really is. Our veterans continuously fight for and protect something we take for granted as they are doing in Afghanistan today. We must continue to protect our freedom and liberty. President John Adams said: "Children should be educated and instructed in the principles of freedom." That is everyone's responsibility, especially parents. We must teach responsibility.

Members of the 40 and 8 (Honor Society of American Veterans) go into schools across our nation and present our U.S. Flag Program to thousands of students annually. We all stand facing the flag, then we (veterans) salute, the students and teachers place their right hand over their heart and we recite the Pledge of Allegiance to our flag. We share with the students how to show the U.S. flag properly and how to show proper respect to it and our national anthem. We also speak and share with other groups on the American flag.

President Adams also stated: "Democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts and murders itself. There never was a democracy that didn't commit suicide."(Letter April 15, 1814) America; look at what is going on in our beautiful country. We all must get involved and support our service personnel and veterans. Thank them; ask them for assistance in your schools, your community. We are here to serve.

Preston R. Olson, Chef de Gare (Commander)

The Society of 40 Men and 8 Horses

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Sioux Falls

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