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Do Veterans Get Enough Recognition?

Today, Nov. 11, is Veterans Day -- do America's veterans receive enough recognition for their service?

 

Today is Veterans Day, although it is being officially recognized on Monday, Nov. 12, by the federal government.

Whichever day you prefer, it is a day for honoring veterans of  America's armed forces.

But for millions of Americans, it's treated as just another holiday on the calendar – a day off from school, a day out of work, a three-day weekend.

In towns and cities across America, grizzled veterans, Boy Scouts, politicians and a handful of others will attend small, quiet services.

Is that enough? Do we as Americans do enough to recognize the nation's service men and women and the sacrifices they made and the responsibilities they took on to go to war or serve for us?

Let people know what you think in the comment box below.

Linda Gold November 12, 2012 at 07:14 PM
Today my husband, a former WW11 POW was visited by two sisters aged eight and ten from our neighborhood. They arrived with letters thanking him for his service , lovely drawings and a bouquet they had composed from their garden. They stayed for while and he discussed some of his experiences that were age appropriate for them. Morgan and Lorelei made this a truly gifted day. Thank you to their parents for encouraging and keeping the meaning of this day sacred. My husband was one of the lucky ones who can keep the stories alive. Linda Gold
Steve Carlson November 12, 2012 at 09:55 PM
Everyday I wear my Vietnam Veteran's hat. Every day someone says thank you to me. Forty years ago, that is not what I would have heard if I had been foolish enough to wear that hat. To me, it is not what Americans do on one day to thank the Veterans. It is what they do every day. This is one veteran who does appreciate those thank you. In my experience, Americans do not wait for one day in November to show their appreciation. They let the veterans know every day they appreciate what veterans have done. Steve Carlson

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