Thursday, November 15, 2012

Students Honor Those Who Served


As Liberty Institute Attorney Erin Leu walked through the doors of the Kountze High School gymnasium, she was amazed to see such a crowd gathered for a local Veterans Day celebration.

Students from both the middle school and high school joined together with teachers, administrators, principals and community members for a two-hour event that paid tribute to our nation’s veterans. The high school band played, the choir sang and veterans from the community spoke about their service.

Leu is no stranger to Kountze, having traveled there several times during the past few months as part of the Kountze High School cheerleader case. She had gotten to know some of the students and community members, and she was honored when they asked her to take part in the celebration.

During her speech, Erin spoke to the kids about several of Liberty Institute’s current and past cases involving our veterans’ religious freedoms (VA case) and cases involving our veterans memorials that contain religious imagery, (Mojave, Mt. Soledad)

“I felt so blessed to be able to take part in this celebration and I was humbled to be in the company of so many veterans who put their lives on the line to protect our freedoms, including our first freedom – our freedom of religion,” said Leu. “They sacrificed so much so that we could be free, and now, we are seeing those freedoms under attack. I was honored to be able to share these important stories with the students to give them a real sense of how important our freedoms are.”

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