Veterans Day

November 11, 2010 • Editorial

This week we honor the men and women who have worn the uniforms of our nation’s armed forces and shouldered the responsibility of safeguarding the freedoms enjoyed by us all. That our fellow citizens readily leave behind the comforts of home and the safety of our shores to confront danger in the name of freedom is a testament to the dedication and selflessness of those who serve in the military.

Veterans Day is a solemn occasion for many people as they pay tribute to veterans who gave their lives in the service of their country. For others, it is a proud day to reflect on the accomplishments they or friends and family members have achieved while in uniform. It is a time to remember both the glory of victory and the [auth] horror of war alike.

Violence should always be the last option for resolving conflicts, but when it is unavoidable, it is the brave soldier, the intrepid Marine, the stalwart sailor and the valiant airman who answer the call. They serve their nation, champion the oppressed and protect their comrades at the risk of their own lives. The bond among veterans is subtle and powerful all at once.

We are grateful that our nation as a whole has set aside a day to honor those who have bravely defended our way of life. The freedoms we cherish are ours only so long as we are willing to fight for them. Without the strength of arms to defend our way of life, we will fall to the mercy of those who despise our principles and covet our prosperity.

We are also thankful the men and women of our armed forces are receiving the praise of their fellow citizens. Various local organizations will be hosting Veterans Day events this week.

At noon on Thursday there will be a groundbreaking ceremony for the Chaves County Veterans War Memorial on the lawn of the Chaves County Courthouse. Also Thursday, the New Mexico Military Institute will host a veterans breakfast at 8 a.m. Later that day, Goddard High School will conduct a program honoring veterans at 1:30 p.m.

The annual Veterans Day Parade will take place Saturday and travel north from the courthouse. Events leading up to the parade will begin at 10 a.m.
We encourage residents to attend as many of these events as possible. Our community’s veterans took personal responsibility for providing our safety and ensuring our freedoms. For their bravery and sacrifice, the very least our veterans deserve is recognition and gratitude from those they protected.

It is the Soldier
It is the Soldier,
not the reporter, who has given us freedom of press.
It is the Soldier,
not the poet, who has given us freedom of speech.
It is the Soldier,
not the campus organizer, who gives us freedom to demonstrate.
It is the Soldier, not the politicians
who ensures our right to Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.
It is the Soldier,
who salutes the flag,
who serves beneath the flag,
and whose coffin is draped by the flag,
who allows the protester to burn the flag.

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