Veterans’ sacrifices need to be remembered

November 10, 2012 

As Veteran’s Day nears I find myself thinking about what the citizens of our country did during World War II. I fear that children of the Baby Boomers have very little cognizance of what their grandparents and great-grandparents sacrificed for their families and their country. Not to be forgotten are the U.S. servicemen and servicewomen of the Korean Conflict and the War in Vietnam as well as the more recent wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The treatment that today’s members of the Armed Forces receive is likely a direct result of the mistreatment of the Vietnam era service members. Many people now thank veterans regardless of time of service for their service – rightfully so.

I’d ask you to visit YouTube or another source and share the words of “More Than a Name on a Wall” (Statler Brothers) with our younger generation. The sacrifice made by those whose names are on that wall as well as in all conflicts and the grief of mothers, fathers and loved ones is terribly hard to comprehend. The United States of America, although a young country, is the greatest country in the world, and all of our citizens, young and old, need to be proud of their country and their veterans. We must not forget our heritage, and we dare not settle for second best. God bless our veterans, their families and the USA.

The writer lives in Pawleys Island.

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