Because America’s wars didn’t end with World War I, Armistice Day had to be renamed and redefined to honor all the veterans of all the nation’s wars. And so we pause on this Veterans Day 2010 to thank all those who have given their country the precious gift of their time, strength, skills, intelligence and courage, whether in peacetime or wartime.
Because they served, Americans were safe. More than that, though, U.S. military personnel long have sown progress, justice and peace around the planet, rescuing the desperate and fostering freedom.
Every day, but especially on this day, our thoughts also turn to the hard but rewarding and vital work being done by the U.S. troops currently deployed in Afghanistan and Iraq. The best way to show them our thanks in the years to come will be to ensure their post-war needs are met.
Proud veteran and Derby-area resident Bob Squib, whose military service spanned World War II and Vietnam, called The Eagle Wednesday to express a less conventional kind of appreciation on this Veterans Day: “Thank the American people for the hard work and the labor it took them to supply us with the equipment we needed,” he said. “And, man, we needed it,” he added, reflecting on what it was like to serve abroad in the Army Air Corps and later the Navy and to open crates of airplane parts shipped from Wichita.
Nice to know that although veterans are the stars of this special day, the gratitude goes both ways.