As I sit and watch a small town gather to pay remembrance to the fallen of their community, (Pelican Rapids Memorial Day observances, May 30), I’m reminded of why I served my country.

Watching parents and grandparents teach our next generation the importance of fighting to keep the liberties, and that they come with a cost.

We can live where we want, eat whatever we want to eat, marry and/or love anyone we choose. We can be anything we choose to be as long as we put in the effort for it. We can have the freedom to make those choices and be able to follow them through.

As this day goes by, it is a heart-swelling sight to see that in the small towns of this great country that the ideals that we fought for are alive and well.

Vikki Farrar
U.S. Army M.P.