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Nov. 11 in America is Veterans Day, the day set aside to honor those who served in our Armed Forces. These are people who deserve to be honored and celebrated.

Veterans Day was originally called Armistice Day, as Nov. 11, 1918 was the day an armistice, or cease fire, ended the Great War, or what is now called World War I.

It was less than a generation later that the world was plunged into another worldwide war, one that would become known as World War II. The carnage and destruction of that war made the first one look mild by comparison.

Like Memorial Day, Veterans Day should be more than just a day off from work. It should be a time for reflection on what it means to be an American.

What is a military veteran? For the most part, they are people who decided to spend some of the best years of their lives defending this nation. They knew they might get shot at or have people from other countries throwing explosives at them. They did it because they believed this nation was worth defending.

by John Gutekunst Parker Pioneer Nov 9, 2021

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