Veterans, thank you for serving

By BRENT MAZE,

This weekend, our county took time to honor veterans in observance of Veterans Day, formerly known as Armistice Day.

The day began as a commemoration of the end of World War I, the war our world thought would be the last of the major worldwide conflicts. However, it was only a few years later that we were firmly entrenched in World War II.

Later on, Congress agreed to change the name to Veterans Day as a way to honor all of the living veterans of our country.

With the end of the draft in the 1970s, the percentage of veterans has declined sharply, but the work that veterans and current servicemen and servicewomen did and currently are doing is still just as important.

Our military has been a shining light to the world. They have been the people on the ground in other countries helping to promote the cause of freedom and peace.

Sure, our leadership may have made some mistakes over the years by involving us in skirmishes across the world, but from what I’ve heard from veterans, they have made an impact in those countries for the good. Yes, we have a vested interest in seeing threats to the U.S. thwarted, but we have brought freedom to areas where you never thought you’d see freedom. It has especially been good for women who have been oppressed in other cultures. Some of the things like that can’t be measured adequately.

I too am glad that the support of our veterans has been bipartisan in Washington. We need to do all we can to thank them for their service. They had to endure things that no one should ever have to endure. They put their lives on the line for us and the people they were going to help.

I hope many of you came out to one of the many events to show your support to veterans. If not, I hope that you will take time out of your schedule this week during this season of Thanksgiving and show your gratitude for the difference they made here and around the world.