Nation must remember veterans

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By Ralph Damiani

Today marks the recognition of Veterans Day. It was originally set aside as Armistice Day to recognize the end of World War I, but on June 1, 1954, the aname of the holiday was changed to Veterans Day as a tribute to all soldiers who have fought for or who are fighting for the United States.

It is a time we should all remember those who struggled to preserve our freedoms.

Marty Conatser, national commander of the American Legion, says that America is blessed because millions of men and women realized – and still realize – that nothing in their lives is as important as defending this nation.

For many veterans, it was important enough to endure long separations from families, miss the births of their children, freeze in sub-zero temperatures, bake in wild jungles, lose limbs and, far too often, lose their lives.

Sadly, their deeds are frequently unappreciated and ignored.

I served in a war that only got you scorn for your service from far too many people. It is good to see a lot of that changed today as our service people are recognized for their efforts in protecting us.

But there are many who do not appreciate their efforts – including many in Congress.

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