Honoring Our Veterans
I was born in 1948, at the beginning of the post war baby boom, as so many returning soldiers from World War II were beginning their families. That war was the last conflict in which the USA has been involved where there was almost 100% approval and support from the public. Since then we have found ourselves in a number of conflicts, including wars in Korea, Vietnam, Afghanistan and Iraq. While the American public has been unable to unify as a country over the wisdom or approach to these conflicts, one fact is indisputable. We owe an enormous thanks and appreciation to all the men and women (and their families) who have served their country as members of the Armed Forces. The sacrifices made by these individuals can not be fully understood by anyone who has not served in a similar way, but on this Veterans Day, may we all give thanks for these selfless men and women who have given so much for their country and their fellow citizens. Ladies and gentlemen of the Armed Forces, I salute you.