Celebrate our veterans

Make time Monday to salute those men and women who served our country

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“To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations …”

—President Woodrow Wilson

On Monday, Edgar County will join with the rest of the U.S. to observe the 100th anniversary of Veterans Day.

It’s a day filled with ceremony and speeches and remembrances. It’s a day to hear patriotic messages and to look upon our flag with solemn pride.

But these worthwhile events are symbols of something greater. They represent immeasurable sacrifices made by every man and woman who put on a uniform, traveled to wherever they were assigned and fulfilled their part to defend our country.

Veterans Day is a reminder that we are indebted to our veterans far beyond a single day. We are reminded without these men and women who serve their country, none of us would have a country.

Every veteran who served had an important job to do. Whether they saw combat action or not, no job was less important than any other job.

Veterans Day is one way to demonstrate our appreciation to service men and women for what they did and what they gave up.

Our veterans have given so much for our country. They were prepared to give their lives to protect us from those who would destroy our freedoms.

Many veterans left their homes and families to serve. They often return in a sad condition — some with visible wounds. Others return with scars that are unseen.

Let us resolve to strengthen our support for all veterans as we mark this day throughout Edgar County. We must push our elected leaders to advocate for greater and faster assistance for all who have served.

And we — who have never been in the armed forces — must take time to salute these men and women on Veterans Day.

We owe them a profound debt of gratitude.