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Nov. 11 Veterans DayPosted Tuesday, November 8, 2011, at 10:29 AM
Veterans Day is Nov. 11 each year and this year it will fall on 11-11-11. There will be ceremonies and parades honoring our veterans for the sacrifices they have made through the years.
When I read about war or watch war movies, I can't image being there. There is no way we can ever repay the men and women who served our country. They all deserve our honor and our respect.
Armistice Day was declared in 1919 by President Wilson. It became Veterans Day in 1954.
Freedom is not something we should take for granted. We have freedom because of the veterans and those serving today.
Through the years when men were called to service, they answered. Today we have an all volunteer military and we still have plenty of men and women willing to serve.
My husband is a Vietnam veteran who served in the Army. My son recently retired from the Air Force with 23 years of service. His family, like so many others, had to spend several holidays and birthdays separated.
When I hear rumors of our government thinking of cutting veterans' benefits I can only hope it is only rumors.
We have heard our troops will soon be out of Iraq. It has been a long time coming. We still have troops in Afghanistan fighting and we don't need to forget about any of them.
We have a lot of veterans still living from World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan.
We have many who did not get to come home and we should remember their families. They gave up the best we had to offer, our young men and women.
The veterans I have talked to and interviewed through the years don't consider themselves heroes. They give the hero honors to their fellow servicemen and women who made the ultimate sacrifice.
No matter what our views are on the wars, we should honor the veterans. They are serving for us. Let's not forget to show them respect and honor. If you know a veteran, thank him/her. They deserve our gratitude.
We need to share our love of country and appreciation to our veterans with our children and grandchildren. It is something we need to pass down to each generation. Our children learn by example and hopefully they can see the respect we have for our veterans.
Let's give a salute to those who served in the Armed Forces. They deserve the status of being "our heroes."
Revis Blaylock has been on staff with the Manila Town Crier for over 35 years. She has enjoyed making friends in all the areas that the Town Crier covers. This blog contains her general ramblings about events throughout Buffalo Island. She welcomes your comments and ideas for future stories.