Thank a vet

Published Nov 11, 2017 at 4:00pm

How can we possibly say “thank you” enough?

That is the question which we as a nation must ask ourselves each year on Veterans Day and certainly 2017 is no exception.

How can we thank a generation of young Americans who left the farms and the small towns and the cities, and went to France to fight against aggression in the trenches of World War I?

Indeed it was that conflict, which ended with the signing of the armistice at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, which inspired the day of remembrance we now call Veterans Day.

How can we thank the millions of young men and women who left home and hearth and family to battle the evil face of fascism in both Europe and the Far East during World War II, a group which we now reverently call “The Greatest Generation?”

How can we thank the many young men and women who were called to Asia once again in the 1950s, the 1960s, and the 1970s, first in Korea and then in Vietnam?

How can we thank all of the volunteers who, over the past quarter century, have been deployed, often repeatedly, to the Middle East and Afghanistan.

And how can we thank the many millions of men and women who, although they neither went overseas nor faced enemy fire, played vital roles on the home front through service in the different branches of the U.S. military?

Whoever they are, whatever they do, and however you know them, take the time today to say “Thank you.”