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By PATSY STODDARD
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We recently celebrated Veteran's Day in the county. The annual program at the San Rafael Junior High was a great success as it is each year. I think the awareness of the students is heightened by this annual program which honors the Veterans.

I don't think we can ever honor our Veterans enough, for the sacrifices they have made are beyond compare.

Whether you support the current war in Iraq or not, those serving there now and those who have served in previous wars deserve our honor and respect.

To die preserving the freedom of our country is the ultimate sacrifice. A sacrifice not many are willing to make, especially now in these times of selfishness and greed.

Those willing to serve have my total love and admiration.

In listening to a presentation the other night by Sgt. Steve Thornton, I learned a lot about the operation going on in Iraq and the things America is trying to accomplish.

There are those who say we should pull out and leave this country to its own devices. But, that might not be the answer. Being willing to help another country to live in peace is never going to be easy. It is a big sacrifice for America to be involved and stay involved in Iraq.

We don't have peace within our own borders. Every time you turn on the news you hear about another murder in Utah. Where do the answers lie for the times we live in?

One thing I do know is that I don't think they should take the words, "under God," out of the Pledge of Allegiance." If anything, we should look more towards God and adherence to his teachings. Regardless of what religion you are, if people obeyed the 10 commandments the world would be so much better off. Ten rules that could change the world. Do not steal, Do not take anothers life, etc. What would happen to all the prisons if there were no rule breakers.

My husband tells me all the time I look at things through rose colored glasses, but that's OK. Ideals and dreams are what keep people going. The ability to look beyond present circumstances and see the light at the end of the tunnel is a blessing.

Maybe we will see the light and there will be an end to fighting in the world. Imagine a world with no wars, no strife and contention. I probably won't be around to see it, but you can always hope.

I am thankful that men and women are willing to leave home and go to these far off places to attempt to help them attain some of the freedoms we enjoy and take for granted.

It's not an easy goal or maybe even one that can be achieved, but America's willingness to help is part of what makes this country great.

Earlier this year, I was privileged to attend the funeral of a young man who lost his life in Afghanistan in a helicopter crash. Tico Pentico was a very unique individual. The love he shared with his friends and family flowed over at his services. He died serving his country, a life cut too short, but a life lived to the fullest. How many of us live each day like it might be our last. Do we appreciate the sacrifices of those who have come before and prepare a way for those who will follow?

At this time of year, I am especially thankful for my family and the country we live in. Grateful to be able to agree or disagree with leaders and not be in trouble because of it. I am grateful that we can all express our opinions openly and freely and live in a country that allows us this freedom. Some are not so lucky.


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