Veterans Day is a day for us to pause in our busy lives and honor America’s veterans for their patriotism and willingness to serve for the common good. It provides an opportunity for us to remember and honor the sacrifices our veterans have made in defending our country and protecting the rights and privileges we enjoy every day. The debt owed every man and woman who has served their country can never be repaid in full. Their stories and history are woven into the rich and diverse tapestry that defines who we are as a people and a nation.
This Veterans Day I find myself thinking about my two nieces, nephew and granddaughter – all of whom are currently serving in our military.
My niece Michelle served in the Army, and is now a member of the Army National Guard and deployed in Kosovo. Her sister Patricia serves in the Navy while their brother Theo serves in the Air Force. And my granddaughter Raven is in the Navy, stationed on an aircraft carrier. My thoughts and prayers are with them and their brothers and sisters in uniform serving our nation around the world. In these times of risk and uncertainty, I ask for their safety and to be returned home unharmed.
As you pass through the airports, train stations, bus terminals and the like this holiday season, please take the time to stop and thank the men and women in uniform that you encounter for their service to our country.
William R. Dougan
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