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We Owe Our Freedom to Veterans

by Anna Aughenbaugh
Fort Collins, Colo.

The incessant political commercials are basically over and we are looking forward to Thanksgiving.

If it weren’t for our Founding Fathers having the vision of living free from British rule and their willingness to fight and die for that vision, we’d probably be called England West. Those Revolutionary War heros are long gone, as are the men and women who sacrificed to keep us free in all the other wars up to WWII. We need to keep history alive and be sure the younger generations acknowledge that their abundant life in the United States, no matter how flawed it has become, was bought with a great price.

Thousands of our brave young men and women who have gone off to war have come home with injuries and memories that will be with them the rest of their lives. This Veteran’s Day we need to pay tribute to all who have given so much.

There is a nationwide Honor Flight network that is taking WWII veterans to Washington D.C. to see the WWII monument that honors the more than 400,000 men and women who sacrificed their lives for our freedom. The monument was opened on the National Mall in April 2004. These flights take Veterans on a trip to see the other monuments that honor those who fought to keep us free, as well as Arlington National Cemetery where 20 to 40 of their comrades are buried each day.

Many of the men and women who are now in their 80s and 90s are among the nearly 671,000 wounded who came home to raise families, work hard, and enjoy living in the land of the free. They have carried vivid memories in their heads of the horrors of war that was to end all wars.

This year we have veterans from many other wars who carry physical scars and memories that will haunt them into their old age. They deserve to be honored. If you know a veteran, thank them for their service. If you know men or women who are serving now, send notes and care packages to let them know they aren’t forgotten.

Show pride in being a citizen of the United States, salute the flag, hold your hand over your heart and sing our National Anthem whether you can carry a tune or not.


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