I cannot think of a better topic for the very first blog on this very new (and still under construction) website than one which is so near and dear to my heart. When election time comes around, I proudly remember my grandfather, Roger H. Gagne, a soldier in the United States Army who was taken as a Prisoner of War during WWII. This brave young man endured horrendous conditions and experienced unspeakable acts of cruelty at the hands of his captors. Finally freed after three and a half years he was sent home, here to the United States of America.
In honor of my grandfather and so many others like him, I vote.
People, please…Take a little time to do your research before you enter the voting booth today. Know both sides of the issues. Pay close attention to the way questions are worded. Don’t just draw a line next to a name because you recognize it, know someone who knows the candidate, because there’s an R or D beside it or because they introduced themselves and shook your hand on your way into the building. Like politics or not, our service members gave life and limb for us to have this right. The best way to honor those sacrifices is to be there, cast an educated vote, and rock that cool little sticker they give you with American pride!
Now, it is fitting that I should also address the issue of same sex marriage. As Americans, we are fortunate to have the freedom to vote any way we choose.
I have been performing same sex commitment ceremonies just as long as I have been performing legal marriages. Would I like to be able to give each and every couple the same piece of paper when the ceremony is over? You betcha.
My grandfather didn’t fight for the rights and freedoms of some American citizens. He fought for the rights of all American citizens.
Do it for our service members, do it for the future generations, do it for yourself, do it for your country. Get educated and vote.