Why isn’t every day Veterans Day?

Published 9:48 am Friday, November 11, 2016

From coast to coast, pole to pole and around the world there are American men and women who are defending our country in ways large and small at all hours of the day and night. They’re in the Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marines, National Reserves and Navy, all doing what’s necessary to keep the United States of America “the land of the free and the home of the brave.”

There are also our fellow Americans who have served, but have either retired after decades of service or became disabled in combat. These are our veterans, and while they’re not active militarily they are no less valuable.

Today we honor such people for their service. Words of thanks are but tokens of the debt of gratitude every American owes them.

We can, and should thank those we know who served. We can also honor them by individually living up to the principles that define us as Americans: bravery, courage, commitment, refraining from cheating, lying or stealing, and also not tolerating such behavior. Becoming involved in our respective communities’ governments is another way to maintain a proper life of service to others.

Nov. 11 is the one day set aside for veterans, but shouldn’t every day be Veterans Day?