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There are some graduates who should have been graduating with you this year who are missing from high school graduation.

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High school graduation - the missing graduates.

High School Graduation

The Missing Graduates

This year, high school graduation and Memorial Day came on the same weekend in our area. At service on Sunday, the high school graduates marched in and sat in front. The minister spoke to those graduating about the many who were missing from our midst because they had given their lives in military conflict to preserve freedom for the graduates and for all of us. He said that many of the 576,000 who have died in America's wars this century went directly from their high school graduation into the military, never to return.

576,000 missing to preserve liberty ...

As I watched the graduates march in and listened to the sermon, I thought of my own high school graduation in 1972 at the time of the war in Vietnam. I remembered the 50,000 plus who are missing from my generation.

Then, I could not help but think about those missing from the current graduating class of 1999 because of another war. One year after my graduation, in 1973, the Supreme Court launched that war, the war against the unborn child. In the times when those graduating in 1999 were born, there were over 1,500,000 babies who went into the induction office for that war, the abortion mill, and never returned. Now each year, at each high school graduation in America, there are missing graduates. At the next one you attend, look around - there are unseen empty chairs.

The veterans who died in the battle for our freedom, are remembered and honored for the worth of their life and of their death. They are our ultimate heroes. One wonders if many of them would have considered the new freedom created in 1973 to kill ones unborn child, the kind of the freedom they died to protect...

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