This article is a republish of a Facebook post by my former DET Commander, and a friend. I did not ask his permission to publish his post. So, I hope he doesn’t mind! His words and experiences are powerful reminders of our need to exercise our god given right.

I just wanted to post a note on voting.

On January 30, 2005 I had the privilege of flying Combat Air Patrol (CAP) over city of Mozul, Iraq. It was then that the Iraqis were given an opportunity to vote in their country’s first ever free elections.

In the weeks that led up to that historic event Al Qaeda made death threats over radio and TV to anyone who dared to vote. Despite the very dangerous conditions and threats of death, the people of Iraq came out to vote. Many waited for hours and hours to cast their vote, and there were many armed attacks on polling places across the country. 44 people were killed, including 9 suicide bombers on that day. But the people were proud they voted and held their blue fingers up to us as we flew over to prove they voted. I remember there was a vehicle ban in the city that day. No one was allowed to drive and all moving vehicles were suspects. We found a car driving toward a polling station and asked for ground guys to stop it since they had not fired on us we could not shoot first. When the car was stopped it had three middle aged brothers taking thier elderly father to vote. When we were told this by our guys on the ground we made sure that polling place got a little more of our attention to make sure this one old man got to vote.

If I remember correctly, between 60% and 70% of those eligible to vote, voted that day.

Tomorrow is an important day for our country. The worst thing that could happen tomorrow is that you may have to wait in line for 30 minutes. Exercise your privilege to vote. It is your chance to have a say in the direction of this great country of ours.

 

Thanks for reading…apache-iraq