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In honor of Richard Young, Navy - Served in World War II Seabees
Hometown: Rochester, NY
(Submitted October 31, 2008 by Susan Young)

My Dad talked very little about his service experiences, however, he made sure that I knew that voting was a privilege and an obligation that he and his friends sacrificed to protect for me.  He helped me register to vote on my 18th birthday. He made sure that I understood all sides of ballot issues or that I had done my homework to decide which candidate I would support by quizzing me on WHY I was making that decision. He never disagreed with my decisions. The one time that I failed to vote I received the longest and most emotional lecture that I ever received from him, referencing his friends that didn't come home from the Pacific. his friends that did who were changed, and his service.  He stated that voting was the honor and the duty that I owed them, and I could engage in protests, wave signs on TV, and argue with him about elected officials and public policies.  But if I ever did not vote again I could stop coming home, forever.  I miss him and vote in his honor.

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