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A Sense of Finality

August 5, 2008 - Dan Voigt
I took a couple of days last week for some vacation time, to step back and away from the daily routine, and got away from the area. In the few days I was gone, a most important thing took place. The replacement statues for the Emmetsburg Veterans' Memorial were brought to town and installed, completing the memorial. Now, the four statues stand behind the granite memorial piece, a silent tribute to those who served over the years, and to those who paid the ultimate price with their service. The memorial site was vandalized back in June by a group of juveniles, who destroyed two of the statues. The surviving statues were placed at the memorial, but two empty pedestals remained at the memorial, a silent reminder of the destruction and, in a way, the terrible price of war. Through insurance and donations, replacements for the damaged statues were obtained and installed. Charges have been filed in the vandalism, and three youths now face juvenile justice proceedings for their actions. But most importantly, the project is now completed. The four statues, paying tribute to those serving in the military and those who have served, now stands as a reminder that the price of freedom and liberty is not cheap. Hopefully, we can all learn something from the vandalism to te statues; that being that we should never take our freedoms for granted. There is always some cost involved - emotional or financial.


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