Every year we mark a special day to honor our veterans. We memorialize those who are no longer with us and celebrate those who are. As bugles play, we stand beside uniformed men and women, many in their 60s, 70s and older, whom we hold in the highest regard.
A few are survivors of World War II; others are veterans of the Korean, Vietnam, or Gulf conflicts. Their worn faces reveal only some of the horrors they experienced and the brotherhood they shared with their comrades. They are an inspiration to us and a reminder that freedom has a price.
We all wish that today’s troops did not have to pay that price. Yet, they are returning from battles with injuries and the scars of war, many in their 20s and 30s. They will face challenges, but I have no doubt they will meet them in the same manner in which they served their country — with bravery and conviction.