Veterans, officers make sacrifices daily

My husband, Boyd and I want to extend a big thank you to Josh Cotton for writing the wonderful stories about Boyd’s father and my father-in-law, Norris Freeborough.

We received genuinely kind feedback from family and friends. It shows the importance of sharing the stories of those who fought in World War II or any other wars. I cannot even begin to imagine how awful wars are.

From sacrifices of the men and women who made it home and the ultimate sacrifices of those who did not, we received the gift of freedom. It is true that my father-in-law became quiet when the topic of World War II came up. However, as a husband and father, my father-in-law was very humble, outgoing, and kind. I could not have asked for a better father-in-law.

In fact, I called him Dad. During Christmas, Dad made sure the sign with the year was hanging behind the tree. He even decorated and wrapped some of the gifts. I remember that family was important to him. To both our fathers and others in these wars and during peace times, I extend my sincere gratitude to all, living and deceased.

When the military and police put on their uniforms, they step out to protect. I read the article about the Pennsylvania, Warren County, local towns Police and the Sheriff sharing their thoughts about what has been going on in the news lately. I thought it was exceptionally good. I thank the law force men and women for protecting us.

It is incredibly sad that good police officers are being branded. I do not understand the rationale of placing everyone in one specific category because of a few, or for one whose actions are irresponsible. This concept will continuously breed hostility. I remember my beloved father not being concerned of who a person was or what they looked like. Dad did care if they were nice or not so nice. Dad taught that with having respect towards one another is what matters most.

Rita Freeborough is a Sugar Grove, Pa., resident.


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