Remember real meaning of Veterans Day

This is a pledge to remember the meaning of Veterans Day, reprinted from the Veterans of Foreign Wars:

Since our forefathers founded this country, America’s military has battled to keep it — to keep us — safe. To honor every veteran who has fought for freedom, Veterans Day (Thursday) became an officially recognized day of remembrance in 1954.

Join with the Veterans of Foreign Wars and thousands of other patriotic Americans this Veterans Day in pledging your support of the men and women of our valiant military.

This Veterans Day, I pledge to honor America’s veterans and military and:

-- Reflect on the sacrifice of America’s warriors. I will observe a moment of silence on Veterans Day with my family and encourage my friends and co-workers to do the same.

-- Spread the word about the real meaning of Veterans Day. Because it’s not just a “day off work.” It’s a time to remember our American freedoms come at a cost.

-- Show my American pride. I will fly the U.S. flag and stand reverently during the Pledge of Allegiance. This show of respect shows our veterans they are not forgotten.

I pledge to remember America’s veterans in word and deed. I pledge to honor and respect the U.S. flag and the men and women who fight, and have fought, to protect our country.

A grateful American,

Ricky Martin

U.S. Navy (Retired)

Adjutant, VFW

Post 788Cedar Rapids

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