by Phil Stilton
JACKSON-The Jackson Township council took time during their final meeting before the holidays to remind residents to keep America’s warriors in their thoughts.
“This holiday season, they will be out in the cold, away from their families defending our rights and freedoms to keep our community a wonderful place to live,” Council President Rob Nixon said.
Ken Bressi, the only veteran on the council, a Vietnam veteran who served in the Marine Corps reminded the public of the sacrifices made by Americans killed in battle and their gold star families who live on without them.
“It’s the holiday season, Christmas, Kwanzaa, Chanukah, whatever it is,” Councilman Ken Bressi said. “We celebrate Memorial Day, but Gold Star families celebrate every holiday as a memorial day. Think of all the veterans who gave supreme sacrifices, all veterans who have served us in the past and all our armed forces out there today, keeping our freedoms as they are and sustaining them, also to our first responders who enable us to life safely with these freedoms.”
Bressi said that although Americans celebrate the holidays differently, it’s important to remember the inherent freedoms that allow us to celebrate the holidays as we see fit.
“Always remember during these holidays, no matter what it is, Christmas, Kwanzaa, Chanukah, whatever it may be, we have the freedom to celebrate the one we want in this country due to our veterans, our armed forces. I want you to take a moment at every holiday to remember that.”
“Think about our gold star families, who every holiday, every day, it’s memorial day,” Bressi added.
The meeting was recorded in its entirety and published to YouTube. Photo: YouTube. Video capture of Jackson Council Meeting.