Novenber 10, 2006

President Benjamin Harrison once noted that “no emotion cools sooner than that of gratitude.”  This often seems to be true, and that is why we need observances like Veteran’s Day in order to keep the emotion of gratitude warm and alive. 

Since the nation’s birth, over 40-million citizens have worn an American uniform in military service.  Over 1-million have died in service to their country.  Over 19-million veterans of armed conflicts are alive today.

We are the stewards of the freedoms those brave Americans fought and died to protect.  We know and enjoy these freedoms only because other Americans had the courage to put their lives on the line for the American vision of a government “of the people, by the people, and for the people.”

Veteran’s Day is an observance far too important to miss.  Express your gratitude to the veterans in your community and teach your children to do the same.  Our gratitude must not grow cold. 

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