Our question today is a simple one: How should Americans go about thanking our veterans?
Certainly, Veterans Day is the date we’ve carved out on the calendar to honor all the men and women who have served their country in the armed forces.
There will be many celebrations held today across the region to honor veterans, but are parades and testimonials enough? Should we be doing more?
The answer is “yes,” we should and could be doing more — specifically for veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. Our governments, businesses and communities should be doing a better job of helping service men and women readjust to civilian life. Many have been involved in long and repeated deployments. This has had an impact on their physical and emotional health.
It has also placed a great strain on their families. That’s why we should also remember the families of veterans on this day.
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 as we’ve said in this space before, the best way to show your appreciation is to actually let a veteranknow how much his or her service in the military means to you.
We want to say ‘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.
So we ask you: How do you plan to honor veterans on this day?
Send your comments to Mailbag, P.O. Box 1717 Johnson City, TN 37605-1717, or firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include your name, telephone number and address for verification. We will print your responses on the Opinion pages soon.