November 07, 2007 On Monday things will likely be the same for most of us. We won't get mail, won't be able to take care of business at the Secretary of State's office, but otherwise we'll go about our business and return to our safe, warm homes.
That's not the case for thousands of young men and women fighting wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. Monday will be yet another day of conflict, uncertainty, discomfort, stress, heartache and hardship.
Monday is supposed to be their day, but they'll be too busy trying to stay alive to notice.
All the more reason that we at home take time to renew our gratitude, appreciation and respect for those fighting wars today and for those living and dead who have served our country in the past.
Veterans are our brothers, sisters, neighbors, friends. Ordinary people who have dealt with extraordinary circumstances, who have fulfilled their requirements in the name of our country's ideals, regular people who have paid the ultimate price. It is unfortunate that conditions are such that human beings wage war against each other in the name of creating a bettter world. And by doing so, we create a growing list of veterans to honor and remember.
We can show our appreciation by donating to Operation Care Package locally, by sending a card or letter or by simply saying "thanks" when we see a person in uniform.
To all of our veterans past and present we pass along a heartfelt "thank you." You are appreciated, respected and valued—today and always.