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Bob Olsen, San Clemente
It’s Veterans Day, and the feelings it kindles within my heart brings a wide range of experiences within my daily life into clear focus. Yes, the 4th of July or Independence Day because of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, which is by far one of our nation’s most important documents, should be celebrated and even cherished as something so special, so spiritual and something so fought for from that fateful day in 1776 up to today. But Veterans Day brings the fight for freedom and liberty up close and personal.
There were 56 men who signed their name to the declaration and who at that moment were committing an act of treason by doing so. Those 56 men laid the foundation for all of us today. Since that date in 1776 we have fought to protect that document, and our way of life, by sending our men and women around the world fighting to make this a world free of unfairness, free to worship the way we want, free to speak our minds, free to have a newspaper and books with differing views, free to have weapons in our households and free to live in this country, among many more.
Personally, on this day, I dedicate my thoughts to remembering those who have put their life on the line to protect those rights I have. It is because of them, the original 56 and all those who have or are wearing a uniform, that I can live my life here in this beautiful United States of America. It is because of them, all of them, that I can write this in the first place. And it is because of them that I shall always be faithful to the United States of America. Semper Fi, Veterans.

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