On Election Day, I continued a tradition that I have been doing for years. My last blog, below, explained it in detail, but in brief; I find the name of someone who died fighting for our freedoms. One of those freedoms is the right to vote, so right before I vote, I say their name and thank them for their sacrifice. Giving their life so that I, (we) can exercise one the most precious human rights there is. namely, to have a say in determining ones’ destiny.
This year’s hero is a World War II Sergeant who won his medal of honor in the bloody Okinawa conflict, one April day in 1945. I discovered his incredible story while researching a character arc for my new book, Constantine’s Dagger. His citation below says it all…
For more truly amazing reading, go to MEDAL OF HONOR WINNERS. Next week, I’ll post the other man of honor I met, vis-a-vis research, whose story also plays a role in my new book.
Back by popular demand, as we approach election day, November 3th, is “Take A Hero to Vote.” No matter who you vote for, don’t forget to thank those who preserved that precious right. Feel free to share and spread the gratitude.
Do some Detective work in your neighborhood
- Call your local newspaper and ask for a list of fallen soldiers in your area
- Ask Family, friends, co-workers, and neighbors
- Google your town, county, or state, which may have specific websites dedicated to Fallen Soldiers in your area.
Visit Popular U.S. Memorials
- Arlington National Cemetery
- National Memorial Arch, Valley Forge, Pennsylvania
- USS Arizona Memorial, Hawaii
- Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall, Washington, D.C.
- Korean War Veterans National Memorial, Washington, D.C.
- Liberty Memorial, Kansas City, Missouri
- National World War II Memorial, Washington, D.C.
- West Virginia Veterans Memorial
- Click Here to Visit Tom Avitabile’s Facebook Fan Page to Share Who You Will Be Honoring on Nov. 8th