Column: Measures of devotion

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Next week, The Sheridan Press will launch a series of features highlighting local veterans who have beared the burden of our country’s cause.

We’ve been blessed to have individuals volunteer to sacrifice their lives, their time and their well-being for us in our nation’s armed forces.

It is a debt that can never be fully repaid.

On Friday, May 22, we’ll kick off a series we’re calling “Measures of devotion.”

The title is a nod to President Abraham Lincoln’s “Gettysburg Address” in which he referred to the deaths of soldiers as the “last full measure of devotion.”

On May 22, we’ll launch the series by talking to local veterans about what it means to have served and how that definition has changed over the years and through the conflicts our country has entered.

After that, once each week, The Press will feature a story of a local veteran — how they served, when they served and the measures of devotion they took for our country. They won’t all be combat soldiers and the stories may include those of nurses and others as well. They all contributed to our lives and all deserve recognition.

The Press writers plan to start with veterans from World War II and work our way up to those who served since 9/11.

But, we need your help.

We have the beginnings of a list of local veterans we hope to talk to for the series. We need more.

If you know a local veteran — a friend, parent, grandparent, godparent or neighbor — please send us his or her name and contact information. If you can tell us a little bit about when and where they served as well, we would be grateful.

We know there are many, many veterans deserving of recognition and honor. We won’t be able to feature all of them, but we hope to thank as many veterans as we can by honoring a few.

As part of “Measures of devotion,” The Press photographer Justin Sheely will be taking portraits of each veteran we include. Often, as so many have said before, the story of one’s life is written across your face. Sheely’s job will be to tell those stories through photographs.

We hope you’ll follow the project, which will continue through Veterans Day — each week.

Until then, share your stories or the stories of veterans you know with us. Help us thank them for the measures of devotion to our country.

By |May 16th, 2015|

About the Author:

Kristen Czaban joined The Sheridan Press staff in 2008 and covered beats including local government, cops and courts and the energy industry. In 2012, she was promoted and now serves as the managing editor for The Press. Czaban has a journalism degree from Northwestern University.

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