Your Voice: Thank a veteran
by Al Galaviz, Tracy
Nov 12, 2012 | 2121 views | 3 3 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print

On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, the Great War ended; this was World War 1. Then the day was known as Armistice Day. For many years it did not change until June 1, 1954, it was changed to Veterans Day.

This is more than a holiday from a day off of work, to fly the flag and go in harm’s way. Thousands never came back, they died in combat; many, we never found their remains, and many are entombed in their ships, airplanes and other machines of war beyond our reach to give them a proper burial. Many returning veterans came home without arms, legs, hands and feet. Many were left too shocked to function with limited mental capacities.

This Veterans Day, fly the flag and thank a veteran, thank him for his service. Because the cost of our freedom was paid for in blood, from the Spanish-American War, World War I, World War II, Korea, Vietnam, the two Persian Gulf wars and now in Afghanistan. Our men and women have to fight an enemy that does not respect the rules of war through the Geneva Conventions, much less human life. An enemy that kills in the name of their God and wishes to return in time to a society dating the 12th century. That is why this Veterans Day, we honor our dead, we honor and take care of our wounded veterans, and we thank our veterans in uniform and send them out with a heartfelt message. Good luck, Godspeed and good hunting.

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November 15, 2012
Ornley, I agree and intended no slight to those who served in places like Greneda, Somalia, conducted special ops we don't know about, flew spy missions like Gary Powers, etc. I also fully agree the families also deserve thanks, and good job bringing that up.
November 12, 2012
Nice letter and let's add to the list, the Revolutionary War, Civil War, and War of 1812.
November 15, 2012

Right ya are but I wouldn't limit it ta just those either. Many served an died while servin an not just in those war's listed. I thank all of my military veteran brothers an sisters fer thair unselfish service an willingness ta lay down thair lives ta protect th lives an freedoms of others. So let's not just limit it ta just those who served in th wars listed an extend it ta all who serve and have served. Th main reason is that at any time those who serve now an did serve who were not affiliated with these wars would be called inta action should it become necessary. When ya thank about it it's really a noble sacrifice on thair parts for th rest of us.

Whose who wait also serve an in my opinion we should remember that too.

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