Another Fourth of July has come and gone and, again, the greater Lewiston-Auburn area has been treated to a great celebration of our independence. Kudos to the Liberty Festival committee and its workers. But it is not time to stop thinking of the danger that still exists.

While we were listening to great music, and watching fireworks, many of our men and women were still in harm’s way and not knowing if this is the day that they could be badly hurt, rescue one of their comrades, or make the ultimate sacrifice.

The news media has estimated that over 46,000 people — both military and civilians — have been injured. The Taliban is putting up tough resistance and, again, we see in the news that young men from Maine have given their lives in the name of freedom.

No, this is not over. When you see a man or woman dressed in military uniform, walk up to them and extend your hand and thank them for what they do. I have done this for a long time now, and I can see the look of pride on their faces when they are shown appreciation.

Angelo Giberti, Lewiston


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