Early November brings two of the key dates on America’s civic calendar, Election Day and Veterans Day, and it’s fitting that they fall so closely to each other. Soon after we cast our ballots, we have the opportunity to recognize the people who help make free elections and so many other blessings of liberty possible.
It goes all the way back to the days before America actually existed. The soldiers who faced British forces at Kings Mountain, Valley Forge, Yorktown and other renowned fields of battle played a critical role in ensuring that their fellow colonists would no longer bow down to an unelected monarch.
Ever since those soldiers fought to make their countrymen free, ensuing generations have fought to keep them that way. Military technology may have advanced from muskets to missiles, but the essential role of the warrior remains the same: protecting our freedom.
Research suggests that quite a few of the men and women in uniform find time in their schedules to vote. The Center for Individual Freedom estimates that in 2004, the number of military personnel applying for absentee ballots topped 350,000. You might want to think about that number whenever voting seems like too much of a hassle. Long ago, people in this country decided that freedom was worth fighting for. Whenever we exercise the freedom to vote, we owe some gratitude to the people whose job involves doing the fighting.