(Deirdre Reilly – LifeZette) Veterans Day is one holiday that is all too easy to overlook.
There are no gifts given, no big family gatherings to attend, no cards or decorations marking the anniversary.
There are gifts they’ve given us, actually — the gift of precious freedom to every American, from those brave men and women who have fought in all wars since the beginning of our republic.
There are gatherings — at war memorials across America, where families solemnly grieve those they lost.
There are even cards — draft cards, issued until 1973, which changed young lives forever.
And decorations? They adorn service members’ uniforms as proud symbols of courage, sacrifice, and placing others above self.
“The veterans of our military services have put their lives on the line to protect the freedoms that we enjoy,” said former Sen. Judd Gregg (R-N.H.), who also served as governor of his state. “They have dedicated their lives to their country and deserve to be recognized for their commitment.”
Perhaps you will drive through your town or city today and see a small gathering of people honoring an even smaller contingent of men and women dressed in military uniforms — some may be so advanced in years that they need canes or walkers. One or two may be in a wheelchair due to age, infirmity, or missing limbs.