Editorial: Thank you vets, and Lynne Hicks

Published 10:41 pm Wednesday, November 9, 2022

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Thank a veteran.

It doesn’t matter who they are. It doesn’t matter if they’re black or white, Republican or Democrat, rich or poor. These men and women who have protected us and our way of life since the beginning of this country deserve to be thanked, not only Friday on Veteran’s Day – but on every day of the year.

Fly your flag with pride.

And thank a veteran.

While you’re at it, let’s think about a Davie resident who, although not a veteran – has done as much as anybody to promote patriotism and veterans.

Lynn Hicks has organized the Veterans Day celebration at the monument in Downtown Mocksville for more years than I can remember. Why? Because she loves this country. Because she recognizes the important role veterans have played and continue to play in maintaining our democracy. Because her ancestors served in the military. Because she cares.

She has never been thanked enough for all she did for our veterans. Lynne recently suffered a severe medical condition that left her unable to organize an event this year. She’s in rehabilitation at a local center.

So, as we honor our veterans; let us also think about our No. 1 supporter of veterans. She did more than just say “thank you” on a single day of the year. She said it daily. She believed it. She lived it. Her life is a testimonial for how we should all feel about those willing to put their lives on the line so that we can continue to live happily and free.

Thank you, veterans.

And thank you, Lynne Hicks.

– Mike Barnhardt