November 10, 2011 at 8:23 a.m.

Veterans have given the ultimate sacrifice for our great country; 'Hello Dolly' is near


This Friday marks a very special day in the United States. For those of you who do not know, Friday is Veterans Day. A day set aside to honor those men and women who have served our great country and made it what it is today.

On our way to school yesterday, I asked my son if the school had anything planned for Veterans Day. He thought so but wasn't sure. He then asked me why do we honor the Vets so much.

I took a second, collected my thoughts and told him this. For as long as our country has existed, we have had a military. There has always been the need to defend what we believe in. Whether it meant fighting to end slavery or fighting for a country that could not otherwise defend itself, if we believe in something, it is worth standing up for. We are a proud country.

What these men and women have done over the years simply can not be measured. Every facet of our life has been impacted by the hard work of our Veterans. So many of our Veterans have given their lives so we can have a better life. Think about that. Do you love the company you work for so much that you would give your life up for it? Me neither. That is what makes each and every military person different than the rest of us. They are just a different breed. They are amazing.

You may or may not agree with the idea of a war, and that is just fine. But the one thing you have to agree on is how special these men and women are. I have and will continue to teach my children the importance of respecting Veterans. There is no grey area with this subject. Simply respect.

If you see a Veteran around the area, please stop and tell them how grateful we are to have such heroic people such as them representing our great country.

Friday, tomorrow, you are invited to the 10th annual Veterans Day Dinner. All Veterans are welcome to come enjoy a fantastic meal with some local heroes. The dinner will be held at the Chisago City Community Center and the cost is $11 per person. Active duty service men and women are welcomed as guests to the dinner. The featured speaker this year will be Peter Vodenka. Vodenka is an escapee from communist Czechoslovakia in 1983, we featured him and his family in a story recently. They live near Scandia.

Staying on the subject of respect, I wanted to remind you of a neat program that Granstrand Funeral is currently involved with. The good folks at Granstrands are an official collection and drop-off site for U.S. flags that are old, worn, tattered, frayed or faded. They will gladly accept your flag for retirement and will dispose the flags in accordance with the U.S. Flag Code. You may drop your flag off at any of the Grandstrand Funeral Homes Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.

The thespians at the Chisago Lakes Senior High are about to embark on another great musical. "Hello Dolly" will make its debut on November 17. The show tells the story of Dolly Gallagher Levi, a matchmaker who has been hired to arrange a marriage for the widowed half-millionaire Horace Vandergelder. Dolly, however, has other plans.

I won't give the plot away, but I can tell you the show is packed with fun and great singing and acting.

Make sure to bring the family for this wonderful show. Hello Dolly! will run November 17 through November 20. You can purchase your tickets at the Performing Arts Center ticket booth located on the south entrance of the Senior High, or online at www.chisagolakes.k12.mn.us.

I had a few calls from North Branch voters on Tuesday. I am told the polls were quite difficult to get to for handicapped individuals. Last year, the same topic arose, but it seems that nothing was done to remedy the situation. Every person deserves to vote no matter their mobility situation.

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