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Veterans have earned respect

Posted Wednesday, November 12, 2008, at 10:14 AM

Veteran's Day is very special to the people of this community.

It is a time to honor all those who have served, not just those who have fallen.

Those who have not served, either in uniform, or as part of a military family, really don't understand what it means. They don't understand the sacrifices of the military family, the long separations, and yes, the fear that comes with having a father or mother deployed into a war zone.

For the sixth year in a row this Veteran's Day takes place during a time of war -- two of them, in fact.

The wars may have been pushed to the back pages due to the recent elections and economic crisis in the country, but they remain at the forefront of the thoughts of any military families.

Our casualties are low, only a dozen or so a month killed these days, but each one of those casualties is the most important event in the world to the families involved -- each one a new flag in what has become a sea of flags flying silently over nearly 5,000 newly dug graves across this country.

Yet each represents a sacrifice for honorable ideals.

The small flags that decorate the graves at Mountain View Cemetery honor veterans from the Civil War to today, and across this country can be found even older monuments to the sacrifices for liberty that our veterans have been called upon to perform.

Not all of today's veterans have seen combat. Yet each was an instrumental part in the machinery and institutions of the American military that has consistently advanced the cause of freedom around the world.

We can argue forever about the worth of the wars we are fighting now, or some we have fought in the past. The decision to go to war is a political one.

But once the decision is made, throughout our nation's history, our best and bravest have answered the call to go forward and engage the enemy on battlefields throughout the world. And they have been able to do so in the belief that this nation asks nothing more and nothing less of them than to make other men free.

That is a noble calling, and one which most of them would say has been worth the sacrifices they and their families have made.

This nation cannot do enough to honor its veterans. They have paid the price in the day to day sacrifices that come with military life, and in the friends and comrades that fell beside on the field of battle.

We can do no less than to give them our respect. They have earned it.


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I completely agree with Kelly. I believe that most of us do. Whether we agree with the whys of our being in war, we must support the men and women that go and defend us and our country. Though the numbers may be lowering, imagine if that one person is your son, daughter, father, mother, sister, brother..... I thank them for their integrity and for sometimes, the ultimate sacrifice.

-- Posted by jessiemiller on Wed, Nov 12, 2008, at 10:35 AM

Thanks Kelly very well put, so many just don't understand what military families have to go thru especially when we are at war in 2 countries. That knock on the door of those families left behind just know when those in uniform know what is coming. A Loved one due to combat didn't make it home, a very sad price to pay for those send off to war to keep our freedom as the country has done for alot of years. And our government needs to do a better job of taking care of the wounded that come back missing parts of them or the mind damage done to them cause of the horrors of war

-- Posted by Eagle_eye on Wed, Nov 12, 2008, at 2:27 PM


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