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Our Opinion: Keep vets in mind

November 12, 2001

Today kids are out of school and many people have the day off from work. The reason — today is the legal holiday for Veterans Day.

Whether off from work or still on the job, it's important that we take time to remember those who have fought to protect our way of life, and those who — even as you read this editorial — are fighting to protect America and the world.

Veterans Day has always had a special meaning, but now it may have an even more critical meaning as we think back to the events of Sept. 11 and recall those who died because some terrorist leader hiding in some rats' nest decided to bring down America.

And for what crime? Whatever the reason, those terrorists must be shown they crossed the wrong country.

The task of delivering that message falls on those heroes who now are in the Middle East prepared to do what they have to as American soldiers. It is for them that we should think about the importance of Veterans Day, just as we should remember all those men and women who have served our country so bravely in the past.

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There is another national holiday when we honor soldiers. That's Memorial Day, when we remember those who have fought and died for our country.

We hope this war we are now engaged in does not lead us to honor many more fallen heroes when we next commemorate Memorial Day. But we are at war and with war comes death. Let's take time to think about those soldiers whose lives are now at risk and offer a prayer to whatever higher power we may believe to protect them in this time of crisis.

Today, we celebrate Veterans Day, so let's celebrate it right. If you know of a veteran, let him or her know you appreciate their sacrifice. If you know a family whose son or daughter, husband or wife are in harm's way now, let them know you are thinking about them.

We are a community, from South County to North County, and we should prove that we are a community today by collectively thinking about the importance of this day.

In that way we make this day mean more than just another day off from school or work.

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