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The men - and later, women - who have worn the uniform of their nation are a special group of people. So we still have among us some men who can remember when God spoke clearly to mankind.

As a child I can recall that at 11 a.m. on November 11, the fire station would set off the sirens.

Q: What about veterans struggling to transition to private life after their military service?

Upstairs in the Memorial Building, the Those Who Served War Museum was open.

Before departing Spokane International Airport on October 23, the director of Inland Northwest Honor Flight, Tony Lamanna, gave a stirring speech titled "Why We Stand", which clearly infused endurance and much-needed energy for the five-hour flight.

Howard Zinn, a World War II veteran, once wrote, "I do not want the recognition of my service to be used as a glorification of war". In 1954, it was renamed Veterans Day. We're certain you'll see many along the route.

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On the central Kenai Peninsula, area organizations are hosting a Veterans Day celebration at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex.

This isn't the feel-good message that many people will hear today, but I believe it is important that we understand not only what our veterans went through, but the hard memories they acquire during service and their struggle to achieve a sense of normalcy after they return. In comparison, 4.4 percent of World War II veterans are women and 2.3 percent of Korean War veterans are women. Armistice Day became a US legal holiday to honor the end of World War I and its veterans.

Two weeks after the bombing of Pearl Harbor in 1941, Donald signed up for the U.S. Marines.

Although Veteran's Day, as with all of our other national holidays, unfortunately has become commercialized, we urge our readers to take a moment, even if just quietly by ourselves, to contemplate what we owe the veterans of all of our wars and to be grateful to them for allowing us to live freely in the greatest nation on earth. In The Economist, a columnist recently explained, "The gulf between America's armed forces and its civilians has never been greater". We encourage veterans to create that legacy by telling their stories. The conflict was thought at the time to be a "war to end all wars". After all, that's where, in 2013, Trump said, "Happy Veterans Day to ALL, in particular to the haters and losers who have no idea how lucky they are!"

"For our part, we shall achieve that peace only with patience and perseverance and courage - the patience and perseverance necessary to work with allies of diverse interests but common goals, the courage necessary over a long period of time to overcome an adversary skilled in the arts of harassment and obstruction". November, a month that includes Thanksgiving, is the ideal time for Veterans Day, another day of gratitude for those who've made the deepest commitment to American liberty. America leads the way in giving individual freedoms and protections that allow for debate and ideas, even if we don't like how these ideas are being communicated or discussed. Now lawmakers are considering a bill to overhaul the program and change the rules about when and where veterans can seek care outside the VA system.This effort demands close attention from veterans and their many advocates.


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