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Letter: We have a passport to freedom, thanks to veterans

To the editor:

I write this on Memorial Day with a new level of gratitude for those who gave their lives for freedom.

I feel a deep connection to those soldiers who fought in Vietnam. I came of age in the mid ''60s to "California Dreamin'" and "Sounds of Silence." I have admiration, respect, and unending reverence for those who fought in World War II. My father was at Anzio Beach.

I think I am brought to this new level of appreciation because I just renewed my American passport. Have you actually ever read it? Since this is realistically my last passport, I did decide to read it. There are wonderful words of insight and vision written into our passports. One is of gratitude, "We send thanks to all Animal life in the world. They have many things to teach us as people. We are glad they are still here and we hope it will always be so."

There is a quote that describes the importance of freedom, "The cause of freedom is not the cause of a race or sect, a party or a class — it is the cause of humankind, the very birthright of humanity."

And, there is yet another quote about our future, "Whatever America hopes to bring to pass in the world must first come to pass in the heart of America."

We live here in the heartland of America. Thank you to those remembered at Bay Point Park, and thank you to all who make a stand for freedom.

Linda Flanders

Red Wing