One of the things we most commonly take for granted is our freedoms. Actually, here in America it seems everyone is too busy to ever stop and think how we are privileged to be free to enjoy and attend religious services, sports, shopping, traveling, etc.

Unless you have a relative or friend serving in the military, you probably seldom think of the brave Americans protecting us around the world. They are away from home fighting and providing a shield over America around the clock year after year. They are the men and women who sacrifice their lives in Afghanistan and throughout the Middle East, and who stand vigil on ships, planes and remote, desolate places in strange lands. They are alert at any time to move closer to potential violent skirmishes or terrorist uprisings — just another way they bravely serve.

Surely each of us can take time Sunday, Nov. 11, to give thanks and a prayer for our fellow Americans and by displaying our flag to celebrate their brave sacrifices on the special day called Veterans Day.

As an added note, this is an opportune time for our great teachers to take a minute to explain to their students the meaning of Veterans Day. By the way, there are many veterans in and around our towns and cities who served so we can keep our freedoms. They need to hear our thanks.

May God Bless America and all who protect it.

Larry Guidry, Americanism chairman

American Legion Post 77