Veterans Day: Honor our nation's heroes

November 08, 2011

Recently, I was fortunate to be able to join my father on the WWII Liberty Ship, S.S. John W. Brown, on a two-hour cruise to honor America's veterans. The ship was teeming with people from all walks of life who were either veterans themselves or who, like me, were there with a veteran.

Robert E. Lee once said, "It is well that war is so terrible. We should grow too fond of it." His words certainly rang true as I soon found myself talking to veterans from WWII, Korea, Vietnam, Desert Storm, Afghanistan, and Iraq, wars where so many lives were lost. Many veterans mentioned a previous reluctance to talk about their time defending our country, but all took great pride in the part they played in our history.

In spite of war being the terrible thing it is, it seemed as if the days spent fighting for our country represented both the best and worst times of their lives. As we approach Veterans Day on Friday, Nov. 11, my hope is that all of us take time to acknowledge veterans for their selfless contributions and for being the true American heroes that they are.

Lisa A. Mack

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