Hon­or­ing those who have served

Lodi News-Sentinel - - OPINION -

Edi­tor: Start­ing in 1919 and orig­i­nally cel­e­brated as Ar­mistice Day, Vet­er­ans Day be­gan as a way to memo­ri­al­ize the end of WWI and to com­mem­o­rate the vet­er­ans who served in it. One hun­dred years later, it is now a day to com­mend and honor the ser­vice of all U.S. vet­er­ans. Many peo­ple from many gen­er­a­tions have held the ti­tle of “vet­eran,” from all back­grounds, eth­nic­i­ties, re­li­gions, and ages. No mat­ter where we came from, we all have one thing in com­mon: a com­mit­ment to serve our coun­try.

Vet­er­ans Day is an op­por­tu­nity to thank each and ev­ery per­son who took the oath to serve, and re­mem­ber those that made the ul­ti­mate sac­ri­fice. So while you and your fam­ily en­joy a day off, do not for­get the real rea­son you are able to re­lax. Take a moment to stop and thank a vet­eran, or con­tact your lo­cal vet­er­ans or­ga­ni­za­tion to learn about ways you could make a dif­fer­ence in vet­er­ans’ lives on Vet­er­ans Day and through­out the year. MICHAEL KUZNIK Vet­er­ans of For­eign Wars, De­part­ment of Cal­i­for­nia State Com­man­der

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