I believe all Americans would benefit greatly by reading more about our first American veteran — George Washington, who led the Continental Army to victory over Great Britain and became the first President of the new country, the United States of America.

Those veterans who served with Washington during the War of the American Revolution were starved and lost their fingers and toes from freezing. They marched in snow and on frozen rough ground that cut into their feet as their shoes had no soles left, but they were determined to fight on for freedom and liberty. Do we now 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, to teach responsibility.

Members of the 40 and 8 (Honor Society of American Veterans) go into schools across our nation and present the U.S. Flag Program to thousands of students annually. First, we all stand facing the flag, then we (veterans) salute, the students and teachers place their right hand over there heart and we recite the Pledge of Allegiance. 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.

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President Adams also stated: “Democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts and murders its self. There never was a democracy that didn’t commit suicide.”

Look at what is going on in our beautiful country. We all must get involved and support our service personnel and veterans. Thank them and ask them for assistance — we here to serve.

Preston Olson of Sioux Falls is the Chef de Gare (Commander) of The Society of 40 Men and 8 Horses, Grand du SD Voiture 180

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