Here's to the graduates

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By Jim Clark

This is a big weekend for many young people in Levy County, as they leave high school and move on to the next phase of their lives.

Graduation ceremonies are scheduled for most Levy County schools this weekend, a landmark day for a few hundred young adults who are ready to venture out into the world.

This graduating class has been through a little more than many of us.

These young people were sixth-graders on Sept. 11, 2001, when two planes smashed into the World Trade Center in New York, one hit the Pentagon and another crashed in Pennsylvania, changing the face of America forever.

They are venturing into an uncertain world, one filled with fear of terrorism, one filled with war, one filled with eroding freedoms in the name of security.

Those of us who have lived through many years of strife and conflict - and many years of prosperity and peace, can give some words of advice to the young graduates. Whether they pay attention is up to them, and whether they agree is also up to them. But at least it's a point of view that they can use to steer them in whatever direction they want to go.

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