Valley Voices – September 2020

Saluting Those Who Serve and Protect Our Freedom

 By Taylor Sherman

A few years ago, I had the opportunity to take a road trip with a friend of mine along the east coast, starting in Miami and making stops in St. Augustine, Florida, Savannah, Georgia, Charleston, South Carolina, and Washington, D.C. before returning home to Mercer County. 

I remember being particularly excited for the stop in Washington D.C. Having never before been, my friend Stephanie and I stayed with our friend, Ann, who was living in the city at the time. She was a wonderful hostess and gave us the grand tour, from the best bites and delights to museums and some of D.C.’s other offerings. But what was most impactful was our walking tour of the many monuments representing U.S. history. 

From viewing the 555-foot-tall Washington Monument to walking around the World War II Memorial, seeing the Freedom Wall and basking in the beauty of the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool, I remember that day being full of reflection and appreciation. 

One particular moment I will never forget was when our next monument on the tour brought us to an Army soldier’s promotion. The event brought me to tears as his wife pinned him, his comrades applauded him and his children greeted him, unaware of just how grand the honor that their father was granted. Undoubted, this was the most incredible part of our trip, and I’m thankful that we had the opportunity to experience it. 

This month, Valley Voices salutes those who serve our country in an edition honoring veterans from all walks of life. The impact that these brave individuals have made and continue to make on our country is great, and we extend our appreciation today and always.

We hope you enjoy the September edition of Valley Voices and invite you to extend your appreciation for our veterans — they are true heroes! 

Taylor

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