Printed on: November 12, 2013

A future of freedom

I recently watched my husband take the oath to serve in the U.S. Air

Force: "I, _____, do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and that I will obey the orders of the presi-dent of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to regulations and the

Uniform Code of Military Justice. So help me God."

As a young wife, I am proud to know my husband is helping create a safer future for our family. While I listened, it caused me to reflect on the meaning of the oath and what I could do as a civilian. What does it mean to me to support and defend the Constitution? What does it mean to me to bear true faith and allegiance?

Patriotism goes further than the colors of red, white and blue and the holidays we celebrate each year. Patriotism can be enacted every day. Whether we run for an office or vote for others to represent us, being active in any form of government is what our Constitution resides on.

In order to have a functioning democracy, a diversity of opinions must be shared. Thankfully, our Constitution supports the expression of free speech and debate. It is only when we give in to apathy that we negate the liberties the Constitution was created to uphold.

With Veterans Day having just been celebrated, I give a special thanks to the men and women (and families) who sacrificed so much in order to serve their country. As I heard the words of the oath my husband took, I remembered how all service members fight for something larger than themselves: a future of freedom.

During World War II, my grandfather served in the Army in the Rainbow 42nd Division and made great sacrifices for this country. His service, along with all other veterans, has left a far-reaching impact on family, friends and nations. Their service has helped to liberate the captive and oppressed around the world and kept us free.

To assure that past sacrifices won't be in vain, let each of us make a personal commitment to bear true faith, uphold the Constitution and not give in to apathy.

Through Nov. 27, the Post Register is sponsoring "Generations of Heroes, honoring our nation's veterans." Attending this exhibit is an excellent way to show your appreciation and become engaged in the community.

Boyer received her bachelor's degree in recreation management and is currently pursuing a master's degree in public administration with an emphasis in local government.