What do you love doing everyday and what could you not live without? Who do you love?

Those were the questions presented by Ripon High School class of 2011 graduate Margaret “Maggie” Brumley last week Friday during the Veterans Day program at Ripon Middle School.

The U.S. Navy nurse, who was appearing via video along with some of her fellow military friends, challenged those in the audience to think about the veterans that made their freedoms possible.

“One thing that all veterans have in common is a passion for the way of life that we have in the United States,” Brumley said. “When I turn on the TV and I see some of the things that are happening in other countries, I can’t even fathom them happening in the United States.

“One reason for that is because of the protection our government and our military provides for us. I love going to the dog beach with my dog and going on trips when I feel like it, going to coffee shops and just exploring and doing whatever it really is that I feel like doing at any given time. And I wouldn’t be able to do that if it wasn’t for our military and our veterans that are serving and have served in it.”

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