Column: Thank veterans for today's freedom

The Tribune

This past week, Jackson County voters exercised a democratic right that has been protected by American men- and women-at-arms for more than 230 years.

We participated in and witnessed elections for school boards and county, state and federal government.

Today, we should set politics aside to honor — and thank — every single person who has worn a U.S. military uniform to defend our nation from harm.

These brave soldiers, Marines, sailors, airmen and guardsmen were prepared to sacrifice their lives in the harshest climates under the most stressful conditions far away from their loved ones.

Many veterans ask if their fellow Americans can pull themselves away long enough from their Starbucks lattes, their cellphones and their email to simply say, “Thank you.”

We’re happy to report that in recent years the number of Veterans Day observances in Jackson County has increased, making more people of all ages more aware of and more appreciative of those who have served our nation through military service.

Veterans Day programs continue at area posts of the American Legion, but in recent years those observances have been joined by one at the Veterans Memorial in Seymour’s Gaiser Park and others in area schools all across the county.

Interested in attending any one or more of them? Check out the list that accompanies Jessica Squires’ story that appears on Page A1 today.

Remembrance or Armistice Day will be commemorated today in many other countries, a day that shares Veterans Day’s roots in the end of hostilities for World War I. And Nov. 11’s tendency to evoke mixed emotions about the conflicts to which we send these fighters is universal.

Our veterans understand this. Some of them have displayed their own trepidations about entering into wars past and present. But all of them want to know that we Americans still appreciate their service and their love for this country.

We do, on Veterans Day and every day.

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