Vet who served with Loyal soldier knows freedom’s price
In a life that has stretched from a Thailand refugee camp to a comfortable home in America, Yauo Yang has learned what it takes to be a free man. A soldier from Loyal, of all places, taught him a large part of the lesson.
Standing last week almost in the exact spot where the body of Army National Guard Staff Sgt. Todd Olson rested during his funeral after his death in Iraq in late 2004, Yang told a story at the Loyal High School Veterans Day program of a boy who once had no hope, but now enjoys the blessings that come with freedom. Through a thread of happenstance that covered thousands of miles, Yang know Olson and fought alongside him in Iraq in an effort to deliver freedom to others living under oppression. Olson believed in that cause and died for it, Yang said, and in so doing showed Yang that freedom doesn’t come without cost.
“Freedom has come with the cost of blood, sweat and tears and with the sacrifice of brave heroes like Staff Sgt. Todd Olson,” said Yang.
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