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Editorial: We salute veterans

Sunday, November 10, 2013

“Sacrifice” can mean different things to different people. For veterans, sacrifice can be a matter of life or death.

We talk about service men and women paying the ultimate sacrifice, or dying in the line of duty. We should never forget their service and their contributions to protect our freedoms.

Nor should we forget the sacrifices made by the vast majority of veterans, including their time away from their homes and families, their willingness to put their lives on the line for their country and, in some cases, their acceptance of disabilities and trauma resulting from their service.

Whatever their sacrifice, these veterans and those who have gone before them deserve our respect and our thanks every day, but especially on Monday, which is Veterans Day.

Historically, Nov. 11 was regarded as the end of “the war to end all wars,” World War I. An armistice between the Allied nations and Germany went into effect on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, and President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed Nov. 11, 1919, as the first commemoration of Armistice Day. Armistice Day became a legal holiday in 1938, and in 1954 it was changed to Veterans Day to honor veterans of all wars.

Today, this is more than a history lesson. It is a time to honor the veterans in our midst who served in World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as in other conflicts and battle stations throughout the years around the globe. Whether they served in this country or abroad, whether they saw conflict or not, all veterans have sacrificed so that all Americans can speak and worship freely, bear arms as they please and enjoy all the other freedoms of this nation.

We join area organizations, groups and individuals in saluting our veterans for their service.

 

 
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