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Brian Drouse
Dev Nation
Mrs. Holthaus
Period 2
10/8/10

“How Our Veterans Have Ensured Our Freedom”

Our country owes a great deal of gratitude to our veterans. The freedom we have today is in a great part thanks to them. Many veterans have given so much; some even gave their lives, to ensure our rights. These rights are taken for granted by most US citizens today. But, hopefully, on days like Veterans’ Day and other major holidays that honor our veterans, Americans take a look around and appreciate all these great soldiers have done to secure our freedom.

One freedom the veterans have guaranteed is our right to speech. Many people in America consider this one of our greatest freedoms. We have the right to speak our views and thoughts, no matter how extreme these may be. Lots of other countries do not enjoy this freedom; in fact, citizens in some other countries can even be put in prison or worse for speaking out against their government. Thank you American veterans for our freedom of speech!

Another freedom we have here in the United States is the right to openly worship anyway we want. Personally, I am being raised Catholic and my family attends mass every Sunday. Without our veterans I would not be able to openly admit this. The freedom to worship God or whatever higher power you believe in your own way freely is very important in terms of a person’s culture. Again, thank you American veterans for our freedom of religion!

The right to assemble is another freedom our veterans have guaranteed for the citizens of America. We are able to march, peacefully protest or gather as a group to express our views. Due to our men and women in the service, the government cannot deny citizens this right just because they disagree with our view or do not like the message the group is spreading. For example, Ku Klux Klan members have every right to gather just as do teachers who strike, anti-war and anti-gas drilling protestors. Thank you American...
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