When I was asked to speak at the Veterans Day event, I was hesitant.
Flattered, but apprehensive. I felt like the speaker should be a Veteran!
But then I thought, “regrettably there are more non-veterans than there are veterans. Maybe we should hear from someone who hasn’t served in the
While I’m not a veteran, I am married to one, for 43 years. And I
know he becomes prouder of his service every day. He says he wouldn’t
take a million dollars to go back to Viet Nam; but he wouldn’t take a million
dollars for the Marine Corps experience. I can’t relate to either. Most of us
So, what do we do? What can we do? What should we do? The least we
can do to show our respect for those who risked their lives and for those
who gave their lives is VOTE! Yet, many don’t. Almost half of eligible
voters didn’t vote in the 2016 election. And in the most recent Peoria
County election, almost 80 percent did not vote. When we don’t vote, we
show disrespect to our democracy and those who fought for it!
The least we can do is VOTE! And we can get involved. Get engaged.
Participate. We can serve too…as a teacher, a firefighter, a police officer, an
EMT. We can work for our government. We can run for office to be a
public servant. President Kennedy said, “Ask not what your country can
do for you, but what you can do for your country.” And I would add for
As we thank our Veterans today, let’s show our respect by honoring their
sacrifices and our democracy. The least we can do is VOTE.