Gratitude Day 5: I'm grateful for the privilege and the responsibility to vote.
Today was election day, and I voted. It's a practice a try to follow every chance I get; every first Tuesday of November. My dear parents have set the example and have been involved in community meetings and elections throughout their lives. Today there was not a large ballot in our voting district, but the issues that were presented for vote were very important and widely discussed and debated in our local community. It's been said that our local community elections are where we can make the most difference and where our vote truly counts. Sometimes we might feel that our vote doesn't make a difference, and that is likely true in may elections, especially on the national level, but I'm grateful that I still have the opportunity to cast my vote and make my voice heard.
I'm also grateful to all of the wonderful citizens of this country who believe in freedom , including those who were born elsewhere and have come here and worked hard to help make this country a better place to live, including my wonderful dear Uncle who passed from this life earlier this afternoon. He was from Armenia, was not a religious man, but was one of the kindest, happiest, most hardworking and generous men I have ever known. In his retirement years he was a supporter of many causes that he believed in, trying to make this country and the world a better place for all.
We all have ancestors who have sacrificed and courageously come to this country, seeking a better life for themselves and their families. Sometimes we forget that there are many people here in this country today who are currently courageously seeking the freedoms that citizenship in this country offers to so many. They sacrifice, work, study, and do everything in their power to provide these blessings for themselves, their own families, and in doing so make things better for us all.
God Bless America, and her people too!