Letter to the editor: Take time on Veterans Day to honor and remember veterans
A few thoughts about why we celebrate Veterans Day each year:
It has been over 17 years since the war on terrorism began. It has been nearly 30 years since the first Gulf War, about 50 years since the Vietnam War era, around 65 years since Korea, 76 years since World War II, and 2018 marks 100 years since World War I.
Our country’s leaders have created a vast number of veterans over just the past 100 years, of which an estimated 20 million are still living.
Veterans Day is a celebration of our proud and honorable heritage to always answer a call to duty. True, it is also perhaps a day off from work, a long weekend opportunity, a time to fill the freezer with venison, or a day to take advantage of super retail promotions.
Our consciousness of the reason for this special day once a year recedes as we travel more distant from America’s past wars. And casualties in Afghanistan and Iraq and other far-off places receive little attention from the media. Today, less than 1 percent of the American population is in military service. It is quite easy to forget the real meaning of this day. It is quite easy to forget our Gold Star families, our National Guardsmen and women and our activity duty military personnel.
On this Nov. 11 (celebrated this year on Nov. 12), consider the many wonderful freedoms we have in our daily lives; freedoms won by past and current generations of veterans. Make every Veterans Day a special time to honor and remember, and yes, also to celebrate with us.
Wegenast is president of the Jamestown All Vets Club.