As the nation considers the election results, it will pause Saturday to honor those who have made our system of government possible: our veterans.
Without our service people, America could not have won its war for independence from England. Over the centuries since then, sacrifice and dedication have preserved freedom.
The nation never faced greater peril from foreign armies than in World War II. The men and women who served during WW II saved freedom not just in America but in much of the rest of the world. In the 55 years since then, the military has been a vital force protecting America from enemies during times of war and peace.
Today, even as the world’s lone superpower, the United States depends on the courage and discipline of young men and women willing to protect the legacy of freedom. The veterans and the service people of today always deserve the nation’s gratitude, but never more so than when we are able to cast a ballot to control our own futures.
With the sacrifices made by veterans to give us the right to vote, is it too darn much to expect voters to double-check their ballots before they hand them in?