Letter: Thank a veteran

Published: 11/5/2019 12:01:30 AM

Veterans Day, on Nov. 11, is a day to give thanks to all who have served or are now serving in the U.S. armed forces, to let them know we appreciate them for their service, for their patriotism, and for their willingness to serve and sacrifice for the freedoms we enjoy and take for granted every day.

On Veterans Day, recognize our veterans with a special, “Thank you for your service.” A handshake, a pat on the back or heartfelt greeting will make their day and yours, too. On this day, and every day, acknowledge and give a special thanks to our aging World War II, Korean War and Vietnam-era veterans. As with all veterans, they have earned and deserve our respect and support.

I am reminded of a quote I once read about “What is a veteran”: “A veteran – whether active duty, discharged, retired or reserve – is someone who, at one point in his/her life, wrote a blank check made payable to the United States of America, for an amount of up to, and including, his/her life.” So very true.

JOHN O’BRIEN

Orford




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