Honor our Veterans Today, and Every Day

Honor our Veterans Today, and Every Day

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Express-News Editorial Board – November 11, 2016

Veterans Day is set aside to honor our military veterans, who have served our nation — often at great cost and sacrifice. We celebrate them today and every day of the year. For our soldiers do not just keep us safe. They elevate us.

Tragedy is patient. It can wait and wait, sometimes for days, sometimes for weeks, sometimes for …

Everyone knows that; everyone knows that setbacks, huge and small, are part of life.

But the darkness, the pall of gloom and suffering, hangs over some of us more oppressively, more constantly, than it does others.

Our brave fighting men and women know the feeling.

They live with it every day, and they face the struggle abroad so that we, all of us, do not have to face it at home.

We should honor that sacrifice and commitment every day, but especially today — Veterans Day.

In 1926, Congress adopted a resolution celebrating world peace in the aftermath of World War I, a decree later expanded to honor all veterans.

Although most of us work on this day, it has taken on the fervor of a national holiday, and with good reason — we owe our livelihoods, if not our very existence, to the brave men and women who have fought to preserve our way of life.

“Our veterans left everything they knew and loved and served with exemplary dedication and courage so we could all know a safer America and a more just world,” President Barack Obama said in his Veterans Day proclamation last year. “They have been tested in ways the rest of us may never fully understand, and it is our duty to fulfill our sacred obligation to our veterans and their families.”

 

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