We celebrate Veterans Day today, November 11. With it comes a holiday for some, special family gatherings for others or just another day at work (depending on what your job is.) Veterans Day often just means another holiday to many people; a day to get off work, play and have fun. But I sometimes wonder how many people keep in the back of their mind WHY we have this national holiday. Veterans Day is a special day, set aside, for all of us to honor all veterans, past and present, who have served in the U.S. military. I heard one person say that it is important to celebrate Veterans Day, year after year, because ‘it is important to remember; to never forget.’ The United State of America is what it is because of our military personnel. Our soldiers in our armed forces have fought/will fight/are fighting for our freedom, everyday. It takes great courage for a soldier to risk his life for this country.
That is what you call dedication and love for this country. Not many of us would do the same. In fact there are more of us that wouldn’t, or haven’t, than there are that have, or are doing it now. Veterans Day gives Americans the opportunity to celebrate the bravery and sacrifice of all U.S. veterans. These are the men and women we owe our respect to…. past and present. So, I end this column with a big “Thank You” to all of our veterans, and to the men and women that are currently serving in our military. If it were not for the wars of “yesteryear” and the soldiers that fought in them, we would not have the freedoms that we take for granted today. Furthermore, if it were not for our current military men and women, we would not be able to continue to enjoy these same freedoms. Make sure to see our special salute to our hometown heroes on pages 8-10. Until then….. I’ll see you around the town.