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Honoring Our United States Veterans and Active Military

By Norman Valenzuela

On Thursday, November 12th, Columbus had the pleasure of meeting an active service man and a war veteran. Columbus students were taken out of their history classes in order to listen to what these men had to say.


Matt Trophy (veteran), Thomas Dudkiewicz (active), and Fernando Labrada (active) both talked about experiences, past and present. Brophy described his experiences in Panama and other parts of South and Central America, as well as representing the Joe Foss Institute, while Labrada talked about his experiences in Afghanistan and Iraq. The Joe Foss Institute, located in Arizona, is a non-profit organization that looks to battle civics illiteracy and close the civics education gap.


One thing that these men talked about, however, was their love and loyalty to the U.S. Constitution. Without the Constitution, it is clear that America would not exist today. As Labrada put it, “If the U.S. Constitution did not exist, we would most likely be speaking German or Japanese right now.”


The arrival of these men, at Columbus, could not have been any more perfect, as they came in to speak a day after Veterans Day. One thing is for certain, and that is, we should thank our lucky stars that the Constitution was created, and we should not take for granted the men and women who have and are serving in the military, especially during these tough times. Not just one day should be dedicated to thanking and praying for our past and current military members, but every single day of the year.

To those past and present military personnel, we salute you. God bless you, and God bless America.

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