Low voter turnout is an insult to our veterans

The editorial, “Every vote does count" (July 10), in The Baltimore Sun was absolutely brilliant and right on target! The fifth paragraph, about "voting is a sacred duty," was especially moving. I fervently believe and adhere to that concept, and that voting is an obligation.

I also agree that "low turnout is a national disgrace, an insult to those who have fought and died defending our freedom..." My father fought with the Marines across the Pacific in World War II and thankfully survived — including the Battle of Iwo Jima. Not far from his grave at Parkwood Cemetery are located the graves of two young brave American service members who did not survive the war. One Army soldier died in Europe with the 58th Armored Infantry Battalion only five days prior to the Nazi surrender. He had just turned 21 years old shortly before his death and had probably entered the service when he was 18 or 19 years old. Thus, he sacrificed his entire adult life for America! The other young man was just 25 years old when he died in combat at sea with the U.S. Navy in January 1945 in the great sea battle of Lingayen Gulf in the Philippines, having sacrificed almost his entire adult life for America.

I check on their graves every time I visit my parents' graves and the graves of other family members at Parkwood, trim around their graves as necessary, keep flags on their graves, pray for them, tell them thank you for their sacrifice for America, salute them, and bless their graves. I wish that I could have met them. Maybe I will one day.

May they rest in eternal peace with our gratitude. Thank you again for the extremely important editorial.

Richard Shannahan

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