Hoping everyone has a July 4th that takes a moment to honor the moment in history when a group of people decided that freedom was the most important aspect of their lives and were willing to risk it all in battle.

Hoping everyone has a July 4th that takes a moment to honor the moment in history when a group of people decided that freedom was the most important aspect of their lives and were willing to risk it all in battle.

Three of those men – Joseph Ingalls, 6th Regular New York Infantry; Benjamin Moore, 1st Regular Connecticut Infantry; and Simeon Moore, 4th Regular Connecticut Infantry, are buried in Pioneer Cemetery. Even if you don’t do any more than offer a silent prayer, a quick salute, a nod of the head, or turn your head west when you drive by on State Street.

Remember who offered their very lives so you can today celebrate the freedom they attained for us.

We still have struggles. We still have to question what works and doesn’t work. We must answer ignorance with truth. We must never allow ourselves to be removed from the process of democracy. We must defend our heritage.

I urge everyone to read more, especially about the Revolutionary War period. At top of the most recent book list are “1776” by David McCullough, “Ten Crucial Days” by William Kidder, and “The British are coming” by Rick Atkinson. Also read “The Pioneers” by David McCullough which follows Revolutionay War soldier who created the first settlements in the Northwest Territory. All these books are available in the Westerville Public Library.