There are many reasons to get involved in this year’s elections and the reasons have nothing to do with politics or propositions or personalities. The reasons are citizen warriors, ordinary people with names.

All were killed in action. Today they are tearful memories for some and just names to others, but they were the living truths of honor, duty and democracy.

Andrew Allard and Amaziah Fassett, killed in action — Revolutionary war.

Mike Quinn, in a gray uniform. Philip Kearney, in blue — killed in action, the civil war.

Emery Pike and John Pruett — killed in action, world war one.

Robert Mccard and Joseph Merrell — killed in action, world war two.

Darwin Kyle and Herbert Littleton — killed in action, Korean war.

William Banfield and William Houston — killed in action, Vietnam.

Marie Rossi and Damon Kanuha – killed in action, the gulf war.

In Iraq to date there are 4,145 confirmed dead by the Department of Defense. Two of their names are: James Hale and Tracy Lynn Alger.

In Afghanistan, to date 576 Americans have been killed in action. Two of their names are: Sergio Abad and Kevin Akins.

No more need be said.

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