From humble beginnings to now, I am humbled by the success of the Veterans Day Parade and celebration. I didn’t know what to do or where to start, but the Lord provided. I know I would not have been able accomplish what I have done if not for Jesus. He sent me the right people at the right time. It was God’s time, it was time for our community to heal and remember our veterans, those who gave their lives and those who have and still are serving.
I will still be here when needed. However, with other organizations I’m currently involved in, my plate is full and need to step back at this point in time. I am now working with Veterans Corner II, a veterans advocate group that helps veterans and their families with claims.(The group meets every Thursday but the first Thursday of the month, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Ottawa Community Recreation Center/Goppert Building, 705 W. 15th St., Ottawa.) I also serve on the National Board of Directors in Maryland as a Regional Director of the Associates of Vietnam Veterans of America.
Please know as a family member who has lost four members during wartime, I will always advocate for veterans and their families and do my best to make sure our future generations know freedom is not free. This small community has lost 205 men who fought for our rights. We must take a stand to uphold the Constitution of the United States of America. Stand firm, not in fear to keep those rights, and thank God for our veterans! Remember those who paid the ultimate sacrifice, but don’t forget all the other veterans who have served and those who are serving now. When you see a veteran, let him or her know you appreciate what he or she is doing for us.
Stand up, do not back down or fear those who try to chisel away our freedom. Stand up and speak up! You never know, there may come a time you wish you had. If not now, when?
— Sherry Lynn