In the aftermath of the United States election season, we still have to work, live, love and communicate with each other every day regardless of who each of us voted for. We are currently country divided on social, political and economic battlegrounds, but remember that we, as citizen of the United States of America, are afforded our rights and privileges to these squabbles because of the men and women that have served in our Armed Forces.
This isn’t about Trump or Clinton. This isn’t about love or hate. This isn’t about right or wrong. This is about honoring our brothers, our sisters, our mothers, our fathers, our neighbors, our friends and our colleagues that have put everything on the line to protect our freedom. Putting aside our differences to make this world a better place is the least we could do to honor our real heroes.
Our neighbor to the north, Canada, has been our greatest ally and trade partner for well over the last century and their sacrifices cannot and will not be overlooked. Canadians have stood by us in some of the darkest times in our
history and continue to fight with us each and every day. Canada’s veterans must be recognized as well on this day as well. While the names of our holidays differ slightly, Veterans Day, and Remembrance Day in Canada, is meant to show our appreciation for those who have sacrificed everything for us.
So please, take a moment to remember that you are standing in one of the greatest places in the world because of the people who protect our borders from threats to our way of life.
I, for one, am extremely grateful for my grandfather, Frank Namba, who served the US Army during World War II after being interned at Tulelake concentration camp in California. While he was a US citizen born in Auburn, WA, my grandfather and the rest of my family, were wrongfully interned for our heritage and creed, but he still found it prudent to protect his home, his family and his country by joining the Army to protect the freedom of others while his family’s was taken away. He was a patriot who served with honor while his own freedoms were taken away.
He passed away earlier this year shortly before his 97th birthday. He will be missed and the world quietly lost a great man and another piece of our nation’s history.
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