Lessons in Freedom

February is especially important for the town of Riverside. Every year we dedicate this month to our US Veterans. We honor all those who have served to assure our freedom. Make no mistake, we never forget or vets throughout the year, but we make a special effort to let them know just how much we appreciate their unselfish service during this month.

Today the Chronicle woke up to a burst pipe on the 2nd floor. Of course, the first call was to an emergency plumber. Jake and his assistant, Craig showed up within minutes – we were lucky – and had the problem well under control very quickly. Craig had just returned from a stint in Iraq as a Medic, and was enrolled for the upcoming summer semester at Riverside College. After seeing we were preparing for Veterans’ Month he volunteered the following story.