Letter to the Editor: Celebrating Freedom

Staff Writer
Donaldsonville Chief

The Fourth of July celebration has come and gone. Actually, it was a time to celebrate our freedom and independence.

I can remember when I was a young boy when veteran organization paraded down Main Street. They were proud of their accomplishments, especially in protecting our freedom.

Sometimes freedom means picnics, parades and going to the church of our choice. Often, it means leaving home and family behind to don a uniform to fight for this freedom.

Freedom is a never-ending desire to remain free, no matter what the cost or hardships. If we think about it, there could be a flag flying over our national capital with a Swastika.

Our freedom of choice is what separates us from every other country. I was in several foreign countries, serving my country, and many of those people told me they would give anything to be an American citizen.

You don't really appreciate freedom until you are in the military, stationed in a foreign land and then you can see just how great it is to be an American. As the old saying goes, "you don't miss a really good thing until you lose it.

Sincerely,

 J.A. Stole, Air Force, Retired, White Castle