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Thank a veteran for dedicated service

DEAR EDITOR:

Veterans Day is Monday. Its inception began when fighting ceased on the eleventh hour of Nov. 11, 1918, of World War I, known as the “Great War” and regaled as “the war to end all wars.”

Armistice Day was declared by President Woodrow Wilson on Jan. 11, 1919. He stated, “… the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude … .” That same year, a group of veterans formed an organization of veterans, for veterans, the American Legion. The American Legion celebrates its centennial anniversary this year, 100 years of helping veterans and their families.

President Dwight Eisenhower on Nov. 8, 1954, issued the first “Veterans Day Proclamation” to “… honor America’s veterans for their patriotism, love of country … and sacrifice so much for the common good … .”

America has seen many challenges of war since 1918. Defeating the Nazis and Japanese in World War II, sending troops to protect democracy in Korea, Vietnam and throughout the world, as well as fighting terrorism on our own soil and abroad to give a voice to the voiceless and persecuted. Our brave women and men, along with their families, have been stationed both within and outside American borders, serving heroically and helping others, often giving the ultimate sacrifice. Please continue to encourage our government to return to these sights to bring back the bodies of those lost in combat to their home and final resting place.

On this Veterans Day, please honor these sacrifices by extending your heart and your hand to thank a veteran and their family for their efforts to keep us all safe. Freedom is a full-time job, and our service members never get a day off, even on Veterans Day.

To all our veterans, please join me to say “Thank you for your service, you are so appreciated!”

KAREN SHESKO

American Legion

Auxiliary 737

Lake Milton

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