Hon­or­ing veter­ans’ ser­vice

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Re­gard­ing J. Mark Jack­son’s Nov. 11 op-ed “A vet­eran’s dark life­time gift”:

On Nov. 11, for the first time, my husband and I marched in a Veter­ans Day pa­rade. My husband served for 20 years in the Marine Corps, and I served for two years and eight months in the Navy. We met and mar­ried in Ok­i­nawa, Ja­pan, 40 years ago. In serv­ing this great coun­try, we made a few sac­ri­fices; our daugh­ter at­tended five el­e­men­tary schools (we saw the moves as op­por­tu­ni­ties to make new friends).

At the pa­rade, we were show­ered with “Thanks for your ser­vice” com­ments, hand­shakes and hugs. This pa­rade brought tears to our eyes. Al­though my husband re­tired in 1992 and we set­tled in Dum­fries, the pa­rade was in Bran­son, Mo.

Parts of the coun­try may be di­vided, but this pa­rade united we who served. May it lead to an un­der­stand­ing in our coun­try that we had the plea­sure of serv­ing to keep our coun­try free and safe.

Pat Hay­den, Dum­fries

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