Our View--For all those who so proudly served: A tribute on Veteran’s Day

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This intangible thing we call freedom is interpreted differently by just about every individual, but one aspect that’s not open for debate is that we enjoy freedom because of the sacrifices made by countless men and women of our armed forces. We must never question that freedom is worth fighting for, and dying for. That very concept was the genesis of the United States of America.

This Veteran’s Day, take the time to salute the men and women of this country’s military and the fact that they have always exemplified valor, courage and bravery. The sacrifices they’ve made throughout the history of this great country allow us all to revel in the freedom we have today; the forfeiture of one’s own life for the cause of freedom is the quintessence of all that is good, right and noble about this country.

The greatness of America’s armed forces has liberated countries, freed the oppressed, toppled tyrants and dethroned dictators. But not without sacrifice; look at virtually any corner of the globe and you’ll find a spot where U.S. troops have spilled their blood.

Thus, we often speak of our freedom yet we rarely speak of those to whom we owe it.

Many of this country’s veterans have experienced first-hand the inexplicable terror of battle, and the sheer horror of war and they understand, perhaps more than most just how valuable freedom really is to our way of life. More acutely than many of us, they remember… their comrades who never made it back. But this is the day to honor those who did return.

America’s veterans have bravely carried the torch of liberty in battles on beaches, mountains, deserts, jungles, islands, oceans, farms, fields, and forests; oftentimes enduring extreme conditions of heat, cold, rain, snow—all while doing battle; and there are so many that have made the ultimate sacrifice. That’s courage, and those brave men and women should never be forgotten.

Veterans of the armed forces are one of this country’s greatest assets. On Veteran’s Day, it’s our turn to salute them all. So, on the 11th hour of the 11th day in the 11th month take some time to reflect, remember and maybe say thank you to a veteran. We owe them our freedom and that is a debt which can never be repaid. To veterans everywhere, thank you for your service to this great country.