Cost of Freedom Made Very Clear

Already thousands of local residents have demonstrated the deep patriotism that marks many who live in our area by visiting the Ohio Valley Cost of Freedom exhibit in Moundsville. That has been gratifying to many veterans of military service, as several have told us in person.

“You’re standing in one of the most patriotic places in the country,” Cameron veteran Jim Rogers, whose son is a master sergeant in the U.S. Army, told our reporter Thursday in Moundsville.

That certainly is so, as evidenced not just by attendance at the exhibit but also by the hard work and dedication put into it by scores of volunteers responsible for the event.

A replica of the profoundly meaningful Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., is the centerpiece of the Moundsville event.

The American Veterans Traveling Tribute Wall is a sobering reminder of the cost of armed conflict. Sadly, residents of the Northern Panhandle, East Ohio and western Pennsylvania will see on it many names of local men who gave their lives for their country.

While the exhibit is a demonstration of patriotism – especially by those who have served our country in uniform – it also is an educational opportunity. If you have children, a few hours spent at the exhibit would be worthwhile. It continues through Sunday.

Again, those responsible for the exhibit deserve high commendation.