Day: November 11, 2009

Honoring Our Veterans

On this Veteran’s Day 2009, we honor those who have served and continue to serve in our armed forces.  In my immediate family, that includes my father, a World War II Navy veteran, and my brother Joe, who served in the Navy on a helicopter carrier during the 1980s. I am always proud of their service, but don’t always remember to tell them so except on special days of honor such as this. Both survived their time of service.  But men and women join the military knowing that they may have to make the ultimate sacrifice.  Most expect that if that happens, it will occur on a foreign battlefield.  None expect it to happen on a United States military installation on U.S. soil. President Obama’s short but eloquent tribute yesterday to the 13 men and women who died last week at Fort Hood is a reminder of what their sacrifice means. This is a time of war.  Yet these Americans did not die on a foreign field of battle.  They were killed here, on American …