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11/10/2012 1:07:00 PM
Commentary: Our nation’s freedom guaranteed by all veterans

Today is a day for every citizen to remember and honor the sacrifice of our nation’s veterans. It’s important to celebrate the service of all of our veterans: those who fought during time of war and those who fought to maintain the peace.

And to all of our veterans, no matter where or when they served, regardless of what branch of military they served in, “thank you” for your service. Each of you did your best.

For some of our veterans, the battle scars, disabling injuries and prolonged illnesses they carry help to keep the memory of their wars fresh in their minds. They deserve the assurances from a grateful nation that what they accomplished, at such high personal cost to them, enables all of us to enjoy a future free from fear.

We need to take a few moments to recognize the men and women who are serving in today’s active-duty military, guard and reserve who, as we meet, are doing every thing they can to defend and preserve freedom and liberty. The sacrifices and accomplishments made by today’s generation of patriots are many, and serves as a reminder that tyranny and evil will never prevail.

The lessons taught by what veterans have provided all of us should never be forgotten. It’s up to all of us to keep the legacy of our veterans alive, to make sure the same spirit and faith in democracy carries through so that future generations will also celebrate the unity, courage, valor and singleness of purpose that is the strength of a free nation.

We should do everything possible to ensure that future generations recognize the heavy price associated with freedom. That they are able to identify the names of far-off places where so many of our best and brightest lost their lives so that others could live free.

I hope future generations know the names of our nation’s heroes, and that we are able to instill the same sense of honor and respect in our children that we hold for our nation’s patriots.

Why do we pay tribute to our veterans? Because honoring our veterans is the right thing to do and because we are a nation whose freedom has been guaranteed by all of our veterans.

And while we pay tribute to them, we should also take the opportunity to rededicate ourselves to our country and to those who have, and are continuing to protect her.

Let us pay special attention to the needs of those who have served and do everything possible to ensure they receive the benefits and entitlements they have earned. By doing that, ladies and gentlemen, we will be granting them the dignity and respect they deserve.

As we read this today, let’s turn words into action by honoring our obligations to our veterans, just as they honored their obligations to all of us...make it a point, not just today, but everyday, to thank them for everything they have done and are doing to make this world a safer and peaceful world.

— Department of Arizona Ladies Auxiliary to the VFW

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Reader Comments

Posted: Monday, November 12, 2012
Article comment by: Mr Maverick

I would like to thank all the veterans on this Veterans Day to celebrate their sacrifice for their country. Soldiers do not decide to go to war, politicians do. Soldiers obey their orders. Any American that does not support our troops should move to another country. With little pay and usually never any thanks they do their job and risk life and limb to serve. So the answer to the question is yes, they do make our country and world safer.

Posted: Monday, November 12, 2012
Article comment by: Glenn Martin

Re dream of giving birth, you would sing a different song if it was our country being invaded. As a Veteran I've seen and been in war and the risks I took were worth everything, including my life in support of my country. Theirs more to America than entitlements and benifits, it's called "Pride" and "Honor". Right or wrong, nobody likes war or killing but when the orders are issued I will do my job protecting America.

Posted: Monday, November 12, 2012
Article comment by: M J

but you will never give birth to a child that will ask that question....not now and not anytime in the near 1000 years or so.

Posted: Monday, November 12, 2012
Article comment by: Slater Slater

If the president was from Jerome we might stand a chance for PEACE.

Posted: Monday, November 12, 2012
Article comment by: I dream of giving birth to a child who asks, Mommy, what was war?

How are they making the world safer?

By invading other countries? By endless drone wars?

It is letters like these that make some child think that KILLING is noble.

Well it is NOT and it is not worth you to risk life and limb so some politician who asked you to "serve" this country can just cut your benefits so they can keep theirs.

Wars are only won by war proffiteers.

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