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Today, there are roughly 18 million veterans in the United States. And to them, we owe a tremendous debt of gratitude, one we can never expect to repay with a designated day each year.

And while many of these men and women may consider their sacrifices merely a duty to their nation, we should never let them off that easy. Regardless of within wartime or not, their contributions played an essential role in our nation’s leadership worldwide.

Some of my earliest memories include standing along a parade route as groups of veterans washed by in waves of brass bands, oversized flags and those around me raising their arms in salute or applause.

And if pressed, I’d have to say the skies were always a brighter shade of blue, the weather a crisp 75 degrees.

These moments, for a young kid on the sidelines, were nothing short of magical.

The world has changed. Today, we tend to acknowledge the sacrifices of veterans with less celebration, less fanfare. It is as if we’ve forgotten what an important role our veterans play in preserving our way of life.

Service is not a vocation but rather a critical pillar in how our nation serves our nation and the world.

Today, the number of war veterans is declining at a rapid pace. And while time may not be on the side of those who served in World War II, Korea or Vietnam, we as a nation should make a more vigorous effort to salute and honor all who served our country.

This year, please take the time to seek out or notice a veteran, offer your thanks and provide a COVID-friendly thumbs-up or elbow bump.

And for those veterans out there, thank you for your service and know our nation values your sacrifices — may God Bless you.

Leonard Woolsey: 409-683-5207; leonard.woolsey@galvnews.com

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Bailey Jones

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Seth Alford

Well stated. Thank you Leonard.

John Dupla

FYI, I went to post the names of my father, my two brothers, and myself who served in the military. My father was an MP stationed at Ft. Crockett in Galveston before going to the Philippine's, I served in Vietnam. That being said, trying to post the names, I couldn't do it because they required a credit card payment as a donation. That isn't really an issue per se, it just doesn't say to who the donations go to. Just think they should tell you that it requires a payment to post a name.

Bailey Jones

Just enter $0.

Don Schlessinger

HMMM now we know where their hearts really are, $$.

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Amy Scott

The charity being served is actually called Combined Arms. A wonderful group helping Veterans all over the country. Their work locally may be checked out on their website.

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