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Thank you, veterans, for your service for us

Staff Report • Nov 12, 2012 at 9:22 AM

Today we say “thank you” to all the men and women who have served their country in the armed forces.

Thank you for the sacrifices you’ve made to keep us safe.

Thank you for never wavering in your dedication to this country.

Thank you for defending the principles that built this great nation.

Thank you for demonstrating the true meaning of service over self.

And thank you a hundred times more for being there when we needed you.

There will be many celebrations held today across the region to honor veterans. One such event will be held at the Johnson City/Washington County Veterans Memorial at 1:30 p.m.

Purple Heart recipients will be honored guests at the Unicoi County Veterans Memorial Park in Erwin, beginning at 2 p.m.

Another event will be held in Jonesborough, where the town will host its annual Veterans Day program beginning at 2:30 p.m. in the Visitors Center auditorium.

A number of national restaurant chains will offer free or discounted meals today to veterans and active duty personnel. Such programs are certainly a good gesture on Veterans Day, but perhaps the best way to show your appreciation is to actually tell a veteran you know how much his or her service in the military means to you.

To all the veterans in our area we say: “Thank you.”

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