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Time to salute veterans

To the editor:

Veterans Day was originally called Armistice Day in 1938 to mark the anniversary of the ending of World War I. Not until 1954 did we officially proclaim it Veterans Day in order to pay tribute to the more than 16.5 million Americans who served in the Second Great War.

On November 11, we remember and honor those who have sacrificed to protect our freedom in wars past, and those who continue to sacrifice to make the world a safer place. It is a day set aside to thank and honor all those who served honorably in the military, in wartime, and/or in peacetime.

We should not take for granted the great sacrifices our men and women of the military make on a daily basis. The job of a soldier is a hard one. Many times it takes them away from their family, friends and other loved ones. Countless soldiers put their lives on the line and their personal lives on hold for our great nation. The common soldier does not do his or her job for money, recognition or fame. He or she sees the bigger picture and is willing to serve to preserve our freedom and the freedom of others.

Most of us know someone who has served in uniform. Many of them are quiet about their service, but they have all contributed greatly to the cause of securing our liberty. We owe them all a debt of gratitude that can never be repaid.

This Veterans Day, please take the time to thank a veteran and assure them that their sacrifices were not in vain. I offer up a heartfelt thanks to all veterans.

Senator Torrey Westrom (R-District 12) Elbow Lake, MN