OPINION: Celebrate your freedom

Published 11:31 am Friday, November 4, 2022

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By JOYANNA LOVE | Managing Editor

It seems fitting that the General Election and Veterans Day will be in the same week.

On Tuesday, community members have the opportunity to make their voices heard on elected officials at the state level as well as choosing a new Chilton County Schools superintendent. (A sample ballot can be found on Page 12.) Several amendments to the state constitution, some of which are simply housekeeping measures to update the language, are also on the ballot. Information about these can be found at sos.alabama.gov/alabama-votes/voter/ballot-measures/statewide. Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Choosing our leaders is one of the foundational rights we have here in the United States. By voting, community members are celebrating the freedom we have here in this country and are indirectly honoring those who have made that freedom possible and preserved it over the years.

Chilton County has a number of veterans, both past and present, that have dedicated years of service to this country in battle. For many, the memories of those days still live with them, highlighting that the sacrifice of a servicemember does not end simply because they come home.

Senior Connection will recognize veterans during a ceremony at 11 a.m. on Nov. 11, and Isabella High School will celebrate veterans on Nov. 10 at 10:30 a.m.

Many veterans continue to serve by volunteering and leading in their community after they retire from the military. Some lead veterans’ organizations where former military members have a place to come and talk to those who have experienced similar things. Some become advocates for veterans and help educate other veterans on the benefits available to them because of their service. Some choose a second career in education. Some join civic clubs to continue to make a difference. Some continue their service by joining the reserves. Each of these continue to be a vital part of making this country what it is.

Celebrate your freedom this next week by casting your vote and thanking a veteran.