As Veterans Day approaches, remember to express thanks

To the Editor,

On Veterans Day, which is next Friday, the Lumberton NC Disabled American Veterans Chapter No. 7 will gather at 11 a.m. at the city downtown plaza to honor veterans and fallen comrades who made the ultimate sacrifice during wars and conflicts past and present. Please join us as we honor all veterans of the United States Armed Forces.

From the opening prayer, to the posting of the colors, to the singing of the National Anthem, to our guest speaker, it is a reminder that we will not forget sacrifices made by our military. We must thank those veterans who have and continue to make sacrifices on our behalf.

Those of us who have never served or don’t personally know anyone who served, sometimes take for granted the sacrificial efforts made during war and peace time. We take this designated time to honor those who made the sacrifices during active time as well as those who made an impact after serving. We also take this time to honor those who have gone to their reward.

Once a soldier, always a veteran. Veterans Day is more than a day off and more than a glamorized two-for-one sale. It’s certainly more than a community barbecue.

The next time you see a veteran, active or not, thank him or her, and let him or her know how much you appreciate what he or she did and are still doing. They fight for our right to free speech, freedom of press, but most importantly freedom of religion. The right to read a Bible anywhere anytime has been given to us and protected by those who serve or have served. The right to say with pride, “I’m an American,” is a great reward.

Chaplain William B. Grissett

U.S. Army, retired

Lumberton DAV No.7

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