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Protecting Our Freedoms – Gig Line #134


By Marsha M. Brown

You know, it’s a wonderful thing when we can pick up a computer or lap top and simply key in a phrase or even a just a word at times and gain access to a wealth of information. Remember the days when we used to have to go to the library to research material? Now just ‘at the drop of a hat’ as they say, we have the whole world available to us…change is a marvelous thing…sometimes.

Change is good in a lot of cases and I think we can all agree on that. Who wants to beat their clothes on a rock down by a stream? Or to have to stand beside a washing machine and tender each item of clothing piece by piece through the ringer for goodness sake! But for those of us who are now considered ‘seniors’ change is harder than ever. Is it because we’re so stubborn and set in our ways that we can’t budge, move with the times and embrace the future? Is it because we think that being older, we know it all? I guess some folks might look at it that way but the real and simple truth is that tradition is precious and becoming a thing of the past…and that’s scary. 

In the past weeks I’ve heard things that blew my socks off right off and into another room. The most recent shockers were about a student who was punished for having said “bless you” to another student who had sneezed in the classroom and then there was the news that a county in Florida (my birth state) has now elected not to utilize ministers to serve their football teams as Chaplains. Granted in both circumstances I wasn’t there but even with varying accounts from several sources, the subject matter was an ‘in your face’ moment of reality. Honestly, it made me want to throw up.  

‘GIG LINE’ is a column based on collective veteran reference, stories, news, updates and recommendations that has thankfully reached our veteran population. It celebrates our veterans who have sacrificed, fought and even lost their life to protect, defend and maintain life as we’ve known it and loved it in America…safe, secure and free. What concerns me is that lately and too often we’ve seen changes to our core foundation…the foundation religiously known to be solid, dependable and proud.

I make no bones about it…I love the Lord with all my heart. I believe that He’s alive and well and that one day we’ll come to understand the things we cannot today; that unexplainable blessings, emergency help, answers to prayers even if not ours but others  have happened to us…and for us…for a reason. Its important…critical that we stand up for what makes our country…our country as we know it or to consider what we may lose if we don’t.

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Marsha M. Brown has been writing a weekly Gig Line since 2012.  Marsha is the widow of Vietnam War, U.S. Army, veteran Billy Brown of Manteo, NC.  She was instrumental in establishing the Dare County Veterans Advisory Council and maintains an active role in the veteran community. You can reach Marsha with questions or suggestions at editor@giglineheroes.com.  Have a story to tell or a veteran to feature? She would love to hear from you!

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