Our city has garnered national and international attention as tragedy has befallen many of our citizens in Thursday's shootings. Unfortunately, much of this attention is directed toward the shooter and not toward our local heroes who serve us faithfully.
Coming from the Volunteer state, our ancestors are known for serving with Davy Crockett at the Alamo and having the highest percentage to volunteer to join the forces in our World Wars. We have a history of service for this country and loving our fellow man enough to die for a cause we believe in. Love should direct our thoughts and actions, not hate or fear. We need to strive to keep this incident from changing how we live our lives and how we view our fellow man.
At this time, we should all think of all those we love and strive to raise our children to love one another as well. Our children have the opportunity to mix and interact with all races and religions. We should be a shining light for all to look to as a bastion of freedom, hope, love and the American ideal of opportunity for all.
Let us give thanks for these heroes who gave their lives so that we can continue to live in a country that shines its light for all the world to see.
"No man has greater love than this, that he should lay down his life for his friends."
Let us Honor our Heroes: Thomas Sullivan, Squire K. Wells, David Wyatt,
Carson Holmquist and Randall Smith.