"Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe to assure the survival and the success of liberty."
- John F. Kennedy
In America, one day each year is set aside to honor and thank the veterans who have selflessly served our nation in times of peace and war.
As time ticks away, though, more and more veterans are lost to the ultimate battle - time.
As Veterans Day dawns, we all should take pause to thank the thousands and thousands of men and women who have helped preserve the freedom this country has enjoyed for more than 238 years.
A special day, however, should not need set aside to give thanks to these heroes who fought valiantly to protect us all from harm.
The horrors many veterans endured while fighting for this great nation are unimaginable.
For many more - especially during the Vietnam War era - the horrors they faced when returning home are even more unimaginable and inexcusable.
These brave men and women sacrificed their own well-being, their families and even their futures to ensure we all would be safe from threats and tyranny,
Indeed, one day a year is far too little to thank those who defended our nation.
Politics aside, America still is and always will be a nation of free people able to enjoy life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
This definitely has come at a steep price, as more than 1.3 million soldiers have died to ensure our future.
Former President Ronald Reagan once said, "Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected and handed on for them to do the same."
Our nation's veterans have magnanimously served us all in times of need and in times of peace. It is now time for us all to give thanks for the arduous and grueling job they have so nobley done.
On this day, Veterans Day, join The Inter-Mountain in paying homage to not only the local men and women who served America, but all veterans who fought for the very freedoms we all hold so dear.
For many, this Veterans Day may be their last, as time takes its ultimate toll. Don't let these courageous people pass without letting them know how truly important they are.