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Honoring vets when you vote

MBJ Editorial

Last week, Mississippi Secretary of State Eric Clark and former Congressman Sonny Montgomery announced a great plan to honor veterans and get out the vote for this November’s general election.

The Vote in Honor of a Veteran initiative, similar to programs in other states, calls attention to the dedicated service of millions of Mississippi and American vets, along with the importance of voting.

And that’s a perfect pairing.

Considering the sacrifice that our veterans have made, taking a few minutes to cast a ballot on November 4th — even in the rain — seems to be the least we can do.

“We’re privileged to live in a free country because of the sacrifices made by our service men and women,” Clark said. “We have a responsibility to be involved in our government that they fought — and are fighting — to protect. I hope this new effort makes patriotism personal on Election Day.”

The program encourages Mississippians to vote and receive a free sticker recognizing the specific contributions of an individual veteran. The Secretary of State’s Office has mailed stickers to all county circuit clerks, as well as the American Legion and American Legion Auxiliary, all state chapters of Veterans of Foreign Wars and state veteran’s homes. Stickers may also be requested online at www.sos.state.ms.us/.

“It’s vitally important that we remember the sacrifices our veterans have made to keep our country strong and free,” Montgomery said. “I support this program because it teaches every Mississippian to make the connection between service and voting.”

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