Indebted to veterans

President Barack Obama was at Fort Hood, Texas, Tuesday to pay his respects to the 13 people — all but one of them military personnel — killed last week in the shooting rampage at the military base. That’s understandable. All of the dead were in the service of their country when they died, as were those wounded. They deserve to be remembered and honored.

Today, however, we honor all of our military veterans, people who served from Bunker Hill to Bagram, who risked their lives in the service of this country around the globe and here at home. We owe all of them a debt of gratitude for putting their lives on the line to help protect this nation and its citizens.

The day was initially called Armistice Day, set aside to remember when peace was brought to war-torn Europe on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918. It was later expanded to recognize all those who have served in our armed forces.

Americans have widely different views on the necessity of our most recent wars. We debate those issues loudly and vehemently. And for that, too, we are indebted to veterans who have protected our freedom of speech and other constitutional rights.

So take a moment today to remember all veterans, and perhaps to personally thank those you know.


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