Free election season is gift from our veterans

Published 8:38 am Wednesday, November 11, 2015

It is rather fitting that our nation typically celebrates its Election Day and Veterans Day in the same month of November. While Louisiana may not always adhere to the same schedule as the rest of the country, our runoff election is also this month, on Saturday, Nov. 21. We will be selecting a number of important races, including governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general, and state Senator.

Why is it fitting to have elections in the same month as the celebration of veterans? Simply put, it is because their sacrifice through history is what allows us to have democratic elections. We often take these freedoms for granted, but today on Veterans Day it is especially important to take the time to thank a veteran for his or her service and sacrifice.

Last night, Bogalusa City Hall hosted a debate between state Senate candidates Mickey Murphy and Beth Mizell. Again, this is a perfect example of the fruits of our veterans’ lives. Because of their honorable service, we are able to freely assemble to learn about our candidates and determine which is best for the job.

There are two perfect ways to show your appreciation to veterans this month. The first is to thank them on Veterans Day (and any day for that matter). The second is to exercise your right to vote, either during early voting from Thursday through Saturday, or on Election Day on Saturday, Nov. 21.

After all, they paid the price for that gift of free government.