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Our View: America pauses to say thanks to veterans

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Rocky Mount Telegram

Saturday, November 11, 2017

We as Americans have much for which to be proud and grateful.

But many of the liberties and privileges we enjoy came with a price.

It’s important, especially as we observe the federal holiday for Veterans Day, that we remember and honor the sacrifices of the men and women who have worked to help protect our freedom and security.

Many of them have put themselves in harm’s way and spent months or years away from their families to help preserve and protect our way of life.

Some have died defending our nation and ideals. Others have sustained major injuries that have changed their way of life forever.

Many of the veterans who have returned home from serving in other parts of the world also have suffered from less visible scars. Many of them face enduring challenges, including post-traumatic stress disorder. Those who have returned from Iraq or Afghanistan also have returned to a sluggish economy, which has created challenges when trying to find work.

It is important that we help to support our veterans and their families. It’s also important to remember and assist veterans who are homeless.

We should remember these things today, but Veterans Day is an observance that should not be limited to just one day a year.

So today, and every day throughout the year, take time to reach out and say thank you to our nation’s brave men and women who have served in the military and their loved ones.

That’s the least we can do after the sacrifices they have made for us.

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