Letter to the Editor: Reflect on, honor veterans on Veterans Day and beyond

On Veterans Day, we are reminded to reflect on and appreciate the sacrifices made by those who have served our great nation. Since 1919 when President Woodrow Wilson declared Nov. 11 to be Armistice Day, Americans have had a proud tradition of celebrating veterans and all they do to safeguard the freedoms we hold dear.

As a veteran and active member of the American Legion Post 14 and Del Vets Post 2, I know what it means to wear the cloth of the nation. I’ve seen firsthand the bravery embodied by the men and women who have served our great country. I have also seen the tremendous struggles many of these veterans face as they return home with both physical and psychological wounds.

Rep. William Carson

It is evident that a number of our veterans have felt the sting of being underappreciated.

I’m proud to sit on Veterans Affairs Committee in the Delaware House of Representatives, to advocate on behalf of these men and women and to ensure our Delaware veterans get the recognition and care they deserve.

Whether it be in times of war on battlefields halfway around the world, or in times of crisis when disaster strikes at home, these men and women give so much to our nation and ask for so little in return.

Veterans and our military are guardians of liberty, sacrificing their all to keep us safe at home. It is this dedication to protecting our freedom and liberty which makes America exceptional.

On Nov. 12, when the parades end and the celebrations are over, we must not forget the deep respect and gratitude we feel toward those who have served.

On Veterans Day and any other day for that matter, thank a veteran. You will see a sparkle in their eye, and they will light up in pride. It is these small gestures of gratitude and appreciation that make the biggest impact.

God bless our country, our veterans and all that they stand for.

Rep. William J. “Bill” Carson

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