|Patricia Hall Gant is trying
to track down members of the Dora High School Class of 57. If you
are a member or know of a member, please contact Patricia at firstname.lastname@example.org
or call her at 205-648-6397.
Most people do not consider Memorial Day a "major"
holiday. It is the first holiday of summer and gives us a chance
to get a jump on the summer holiday season, but this year Memorial
Day seems a lot more important because of the war in Iraq. Alabama
lost both men and women in this conflict. Pfc. Howard Johnson
II was the first Alabamian to be killed in the line of duty. Marine
Robert Cahnnell, Sgt. Troy Jenkins, and privates Kelley Prewitt
and John E. Brown from Alabama also died in Iraq. CIA agent Johnny
Mike Spann died last year in Afghanistan.
In my humble opinion, there is no honor high enough to bestow
on these men and women and those who marched before them.
We as Americans can be complacent. When times are good, we take
life and liberty for granted. This is a gift from those in uniform
who have served our country.
||If we don't like what the president or congress is
doing, we can fire off letters, we can campaign against them, we can
organize protest and join with like minded Americans and run them
out of office on a rail. In so many other countries, these actions
We are also free to choose where we live (if we can afford it). We
can attend any church we want to attend and we are free to choose
our vocation. The Constitution talks about "The Pursuit of Happiness."
That obviously does not guarantee happiness, but we can pursue it
until our hearts are content. That is an amazing gift. A gift paid
for with the blood of our servicemen and women. I am grateful to them
and may their sacrifice always be remembered by every American.