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Veterans Day: We thank you for your service

When Americans began observing Armistice Day, it was a way to honor the veterans of what they thought was “the war to end all wars,” World War I. All too quickly it became obvious there would be veterans of many more wars and military conflicts just as deserving of such a day of honor. So, in 1954, Nov. 11 became Veterans Day — a day to honor veterans of ALL wars.

It is remarkable how much we owe those men and women who were willing to sacrifice everything for the rest of us — particularly given the way some of them have been treated, both by misguided protestors and their own government. While it is fitting at all times to let a military veteran know you are grateful for his or her service, today especially we must do our best to express how much their lives of service have meant to us.

Many local school students have already done so, and we should follow their lead is unashamedly letting these folks know we understand they are the reason we are free.

Thank you, ladies and gentlemen.

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“There is a certain enthusiasm in liberty, that makes human nature rise above itself, in acts of bravery and heroism.” — Alexander Hamilton

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“Duty, Honor, Country. Those three hallowed words reverently dictate what you ought to be, what you can be, what you will be.” — Gen. Douglas MacArthur

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