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Memorial Day and the Concept of Accessibility

May 28, 2007 • Darrell Shandrow Hilliker
Today is Monday, May 28, when we observe Memorial Day here in the United States of America.  On the last Monday of May each year, we honor those in the military, first responders and others who have given their lives in service to their country.  These men and women are American heros who have paid the ultimate price to preserve our way of life.  This American way of life has evolved to include the right to equal and full participation in society by all citizens, including minorities, women and people with disabilities.  By promoting the American way and combatting terrorism and tyranny here in the U.S. and around the world, our American heros deserve much more than just one day of cook outs, parties and picnics.  As we all work or celebrate the unofficial beginning of summer today, let’s also take some time to remember those brave seouls who died on 9/11, in Afghanistan and Iraq, right here in the United States and elsewhere.  Not only should we remember those who have died, but we should keep those who are serving our nation right now around the world in our thoughts and prayers.  In a sense, all these people who continue to press on in support of the American Way may be, whether or not they realize it, indirectly considered evangelists for the equal rights and full participation we deserve as blind and visually impaired American citizens!
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