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November 26, 2013

Remembering the sacrifice, heroism of those who serve

Veterans Day was just over two weeks ago, Monday, November 11, 2013. Between that day and this, I’ve been thinking about what a really outstanding job this community does honoring its veterans. Throughout our school system, particularly the elementary schools, programs were held to make our kids aware of what Veterans Day is all about. Local veterans were honored with special programs at the schools, which served two important purposes: First, it let local vets know they’re not forgotten. Second, it instilled in our young people an appreciation of what was done for them by those who served this country.

There was also a commemoration service held at the Veterans Memorial Bridge in the far north end of North Memorial Park. Other service clubs and organizations, the American Legion in particular, made the day special for local vets. The local newspaper also covered Veterans Day events. I’m not sure every community did the same for its veterans. Most did something to honor their vets, I suspect, which was as it should have been. That was not the case after the war in Vietnam when the military’s popularity was at a low ebb. Vietnam, without question, has to be the least popular war in which this nation has ever been involved. As it turns out, those who opposed the Vietnam War were essentially right about it. History has now shown that every administration, from Eisenhower to Nixon, including Kennedy and Johnson, was wrong about what was going on in Southeast Asia. History demonstrates that it had nothing to do with “creeping Communism.” Nevertheless, beginning in the late 1950s through the early 1970s we sent more and more American troops to support the faltering South Vietnamese army. Did our involvement ultimately make any difference in the final outcome of the conflict in that part of the world? Nope! The outcome ultimately was the same as it would have been if we hadn’t gotten involved in the first place – except for the loss of 56,000 American lives…

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