Let’s face it. News programs haven’t made it easy to feel optimistic about where we have been headed as a nation in recent years. We have a lot to work on, a lot to face, and a lot to make up for. If you ever felt discouraged, just ask for direction from the generations coming up behind us. That will get you excited for our next chapter and remind you of what you love. That is why this next story has us feeling good. VFW Post 2498 recognized the top writers in their 2020 Voice of Democracy and Patriots Pen essay contest at the beginning of this month.