Take a moment to thank a vet Monday

THOSE WHO DEFEND OUR nation and our freedom are on duty 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.

They serve around the globe and from one end of the nation to the other, on weekends and holidays. They stand ready to sacrifice time with family, home and loved ones, and even their very lives, in service to their country and to us.

It has been that way from the days of the Minutemen on the green at Lexington and Concord, to the volunteers in blue and grey answering the call in the Civil War, to the men and women who crossed the Atlantic and Pacific to fight in World War II, down to today’s young people who serve in the Global War on Terrorism.

They are, and have always been, men and women from all walks and stations of life, our neighbors, our parents, our children, our friends.

Their lives are as busy, full and demanding as ours, yet they stand and have stood willing and ready to answer the call when needed.

And when their time to serve has ended, they have returned to their lives as our neighbors, our parents, our children, our friends.

Those who serve in the Army, the Navy, the Marines, the Air Force, the Coast Guard and the Merchant Marine serve every day.

Yet we only set aside a few days out of every year to mark and honor their service and their sacrifice.

Monday is one of those days – Veterans Day.

It began after World War I as a commemoration of the Armistice that ended what was supposed to be the war to end all wars. The fighting in Europe came to an end on the 11th day of the 11th month of the year 1918 and that date was marked every year subsequently.

Since World War I did not end all wars, the holiday evolved following World War II into a national holiday to pause and remember all veterans.

There are millions of veterans among us today.

Whether they are the dwindling numbers of World War II veterans, veterans of the ‘forgotten war’ in Korea, veterans of the divisive Vietnam War, veterans of the Gulf War or the War on Terrorism, or just men and women who served in peacetime or in the Cold War, we owe them all a debt of gratitude and thanks.

It will only take a moment of time on Monday to say thank you to a veteran, but it’s the least one can do to repay the debt we all owe them.

At issue:
Veterans Day
Bottom line:
Take time to say ‘Thank you’

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