Happy Veterans Day from Lt. Squiers in Germany

Published 9:28 am Monday, November 10, 2008

By Staff
To the editor:
Veterans Day is an opportunity for Americans to thank the men and women who have brought, defended and preserved our way of life. Throughout the history of our great nation, our veterans have always been the bravest and most selfless segment of our society.
For those who have never served in the military it maybe hard for them to understand the true meaning of sacrifice.
Sacrifice is putting yourself in danger for the betterment of your neighbor. Sacrifice is being away from your family, home and everything you know because there is something more important than those comforts.
Sacrifice is taking up arms so others do not have to live under tyranny.
Our veterans served in bitterly cold temperatures at places such as Valley Forge, the Ardennes Forest and the Chosin Reservoir.
They braved brutally hot days in the jungles of Vietnam and the dry, dusty winds of Iraq and Afghanistan. But not all of our veterans served in faraway lands.
Others sacrificed while serving at home, providing the deterrence our country needed to keep our adversaries at bay.
This Veterans Day make sure you celebrate the sacrifices and achievements of those who have served. Attend a parade or a dinner at an American Legion or Veterans of Foreign Wars hall.
Send a note to a friend or co-worker who served. Call a relative who is a veteran and ask them about their unique experiences. Our veterans have never let their country down and they deserve to be recognized. It's the least we can do for those who have given us so much.
Heidelberg, Germany