Archive for Thursday, June 28, 2007

Guest Comment: Lynn Jenkins

June 28, 2007

Driving through my neighborhood recently a house caught my attention.

Hundreds of American flags were proudly displayed in the lawn. It was quite a moving display of patriotism. I later found out that the family's son was about to leave for boot camp. This young man had just graduated from high school a few weeks earlier and had answered the call to defend our great country. The family said the reason behind the flags in their yard was because they thought their son deserved a parade, and so do I.

With our country's birthday just around the corner, I thought this would be a good time to remember all of those who sacrifice so much, so that we can live our lives freely. And also to appreciate the great friends and family we have around us, and how truly great our country is.

Summer is for spending time with our friends and loved ones, to go with them to a ball game, the lake, or just grill in the backyard. These are the kind of activities that remind us how fortunate we are to live in a place where freedom is too often taken for granted. And while we are with our friends and families we also must think about those who sacrifice so much so that we are able to enjoy the freedoms we have. In this time of war we must thank those brave individuals who risk their lives and sacrifice time with their own families to keep us safe.

On our nation's birthday we should remember the freedoms our country was built on, and realize how blessed we are that our soldiers continue to fight today to keep those freedoms secure. Rarely do we realize just how fortunate we are that our founding fathers more than 230 years ago stood up and demanded these personal freedoms.

Today we are able to practice the religion of our own choosing, protest when we think something is unfair, and speak our minds when something we believe in is being threatened. We must hold all of these values close and stand up for them if anyone threatens to take them away.

On this great American holiday, have fun, be safe, and remember the great values and freedoms this country is based on that allow all of us to live our lives freely.

On the Fourth of July raise the stars and stripes high and display it proudly, because on this day of all days, our country truly "deserves a parade."

I am honored to serve as your state treasurer in this great state of Kansas, and I am very proud to be an American.

Lynn Jenkins is the Kansas treasury secretary.

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